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The Bell Gives Back

The Bell Museum donates critically needed supplies to University researchers and healthcare workers

Published03/27/2020

A stack of boxes full of personal protection supplies ready to be donated

Bell Museum staff scrounged up medical supplies to donate—pretty good for a museum!

The Bell Museum is proud to join the University’s efforts to fight COVID-19 by donating personal protective equipment. Our exhibits staff first offered up a supply of N95 respirators that we use for repairing or constructing exhibitions, to protect workers from hazardous fumes from paints and restoration chemicals. We then put out the call to all museum staff and our building manager, Daryl Lawrence, scoured the building for other supplies that might be helpful.

Ultimately we were able to donate 65 reusable respirators, 232 pairs of filters for the respirators, 22 packages of gloves, three partial packages of masks, a partial package of booties, three partial small bottles of sanitizer, one partial tube of Clorox wipes, and one large partial bottle of sanitizer. 

We sent these donations to University Health and Safety, where they will be used by University researchers and healthcare providers in their efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. In these challenging times, we are happy to come together (but not physically!) to help out those people on the front lines. We hope that other businesses and departments will heed the call and donate what they can.