The Dorchester utility service company Feeney Brothers has donated a large supply of N95 masks and protective supplies to several medical facilities around the city of Boston as word comes that hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities are urgently in need of these items in the fight against the coronavirus.
“Our COVID-19 Task Force is working with our customers, municipalities, and other stakeholders to ensure that our crews continue to complete their work safely [while] focusing on maintaining the health of our team and community,” the company said in a statement. “Because we’re all in this together, we’ve donated almost 2,000 N95 masks and other protective supplies to various medical facilities around Boston in response to the shortage of these items nationwide.”
Brendan Feeney, who with his brother Greg owns the Fields Corner-based company (Clayton Street), told the Reporter: “We have been doing business here for years and we consider that it is part of our responsibility to give back to the community when we can."
“We usually place an order once a year for the masks, and they had arrived recently,” he said. “So we kept enough for what we need in the coming weeks, and were able to donate about 1,600 masks to help fill the immediate public health needs.” Meanwhile, he said, his firm will place another order to replenish the donated masks with the understanding that hospitals and other health care facilities will have priority in future orders.
The company delivered some 900 masks and supplies last Thursday and Friday to Boston Medical Center, the Bostonian Nursing Home in Neponset, the Codman Square Health Center, and the Sherrill House Nursing Home in Jamaica Plain. The brothers also expanded their reach into a New Bedford nursing home, which houses relatives of some of the company’s employees.
Said Pattyanne Lyons, Director of Development at Sherrill House, “These donations are greatly appreciated, especially for a center like Sherrill House that is caring for one of the most vulnerable populations in Boston, none with COVID-19, although Sherrill House is prepared.”