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Lidl Donates 40K Protective Masks To First Responders On Long Island

Lidl US donated a total of 40,000 protective masks to first responders on Long Island to help protect them from COVID-19. Lidl team members delivered 20,000 masks to the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola and 20,000 masks to the Suffolk County Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services in Yaphank. The two emergency management departments will distribute the masks to first responders who need it most.

The company had extra masks to donate after ensuring that it had enough to provide Lidl and Best Market team members working at all its stores in the region. Here are two photos of the delivery made yesterday.

Nassau and Suffolk County leaders thanked Lidl US for the contribution.

“This truly is an all-hands-on-deck effort and it has been heartening to see so many residents and organizations step up to help their neighbors in need while we fight to reduce the spread of the virus,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “I want to thank Lidl for this generous and critical donation of masks that will go directly towards keeping our front-line workers safe.”

“The NCPD Foundation is greatly appreciative of this generous gift of masks that will be distributed to the Nassau County Police Department officers on the front lines keeping our community safe,” said Alexandra Nigolian, Executive Director of Nassau County Police Department Foundation.

“From the very beginning of this pandemic, Suffolk County business leaders and residents have stepped up to the plate as we’ve collected hundreds of thousands of donated personal protective equipment at Suffolk County Fire Rescue and the County’s Point of Distribution Center. We are very grateful for these donations and are very appreciative of Lidl for providing 20,000 surgical masks, which will help to protect our hometown heroes,” said Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Commissioner John G. Jordan, Sr.

The masks distributed to Suffolk County will be given to healthcare workers in hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities, as well as first responders in Suffolk.

Lidl US Regional Vice President Ysbrand Aukes made the following statement about the donation: “As a retailer with a growing presence on Long Island, we want to give back to the community especially during this public health crisis.  Once we secured enough protective gear for our team, we gave our extra masks for first responders who are playing a critical role. We thank Nassau and Suffolk county leaders for their support and helping us to distribute this gear to those that need it most.”

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