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St. Catherine’s Center for Children Thanks AT&T for Support and Personal Protective Equipment

St. Catherine’s Center for Children Thanks AT&T for Support and Personal Protective Equipment

When COVID-19 was declared a health pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, any tool that could slow or stop the spread of the virus was critically important. That included Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE.

Ten months later, PPE remains important in the battle against COVID-19, particularly during the winter months.  To help St. Catherine's Center for Children address the continuous need to restock these supplies, AT&T has supported the purchase of PPE with a $5,000 donation to St. Catherine's.

“We are so thankful to AT&T for this grant,” said St. Catherine’s Executive Director Frank Pindiak.  “We eagerly look forward to the time when enough people are vaccinated that COVID-19 becomes less of a concern, but that is months away. In the meantime, the PPE we purchase with this grant will provide an added layer of protection for St. Catherine’s essential workers and clients.”

St. Catherine’s offers a wide range of programs and services for children, adults, and families in the Capital Region and beyond. The PPE purchased with the AT&T grant will be used in programs where children, staff or families congregate in single use facilities, including St. Catherine’s homeless shelter and three residential children’s homes.

“In times of crises, organizations like St. Catherine’s can make all the difference for families to overcome their challenges,” said Amy Kramer, president of AT&T New York and a board member at St. Catherine's. “I am proud of our corporate response to the current spike in need, supporting nonprofit service providers so they can continue to fulfill their missions. We’re dedicated to the communities we serve and look forward to a continued partnership with St. Catherine’s and other worthy efforts focused on improving the lives of New Yorkers.”

St. Catherine’s is using AT&T’s contribution to purchase KN95 face masks, non-contact forehead thermometers, medical nitrile exam gloves, fluid-impervious polyethylene disposable isolation gowns, and reusable plastic face shields.

“St. Catherine’s will always have a need for more PPE,” Pindiak said. “If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is to maintain enough critical supplies. Many of these supplies—including disposable gloves and gowns—have a high usage rate, so we’re grateful for AT&T’s support!”

AT&T’s contribution supports public health safety, in line with the Company’s commitment to FirstNet, America’s only safety communications platform, providing 21st century tools to public safety agencies.  FirstNet has proven to be an invaluable resource for first responders on the front lines fighting COVID-19, keeping them connected and safe.