Claremore area businesses Pixley Lumber and Spectrum Paint each donated their entire supply of N95 masks to the health department and local hospitals.
Pixley Lumber donated around 100 masks to the Rogers County Health Department.
A representative of Pixley Lumber said, “Pixley’s has always done everything they can for the community. We’re doing our part to try and combat this virus.”
In a public statement on Facebook, Spectrum Paint said, “Thinking of all the healthcare workers and first responders, many are our family members and friends.”
Gentry Stafford, vice president of marketing and store development for Spectrum, told the Progress, “Early on we were being careful, because people were trying to hoard and some people were trying to purchase mass amounts to try to price gauge and sell online. When we discovered this past week that the hospitals were experiencing shortages, we decided to donate the remaining 3-M 8210 respirators out of our distribution centers. Over 6,000 masks.”
She said donations went to St. Francis Health System, Tulsa, Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Richmond, VA, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital - Oklahoma City, The University of Kansas Health System, Overland Park, KS, and Hillcrest Hospital Claremore.
“Any other future masks that come through our distribution center, we are holding for the medical field. We are glad we were able to help with this large amount in a week where many healthcare professionals are gearing up for unknowns,” Stafford said.