Norcross Foundation, Cooper Foundation to distribute 175K masks to reduce COVID-19 spread

By Emily Bader
South Jersey | May 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

The Norcross Foundation and The Cooper Foundation will begin distributing more than 175,000 reusable and washable facemasks to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to George E. Norcross, III, chairman of the Cooper University Health Care board of trustees, and Phillip A. Norcross, chair of The Cooper Foundation.

“As the state begins to resume normal activities, these facemasks will provide a measure of protection for residents as they interact with others,” George Norcross said. “For over 130 years, Cooper has been a leader in the community and we are proud to do everything we can to protect our neighbors during the pandemic.”

The Cooper Foundation said it set up a fund to provide its clinical teams with personal protection equipment. George Norcross and The Norcross Foundation were among the first to donate to the cause.

“Efforts to keep people healthy and safe is of utmost importance, and The Cooper Foundation and The Norcross Foundation are pleased to make these masks available to members of the communities we serve,” Phil Norcross said.

Beginning Thursday, 20,000 masks will be distributed to residents of Camden by the Camden County Police Department. Over the next few weeks, more masks will be distributed to residents in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties and patients at Cooper.

“The health of the community and our patients is always our top priority and these facemasks are just another way we can demonstrate our commitment to those we serve,” Kevin O’Dowd, CEO and co-president of Cooper, said.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader