Community Comes Together to Combat COVID-19

Community Comes Together to Combat COVID-19

As hospitals across the country struggle to make sure they have enough supplies to meet the needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local companies, organizations, and individuals have stepped up to help.  Lockheed Martin, an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company, was quick to respond and donate much-needed gowns and masks to Guthrie.

Lockheed Martin’s Vice President and Owego General Manager, A. Hamid Salim remarked, “We appreciate the tireless dedication of healthcare professionals responding to the pandemic. Lockheed Martin is proud to do our part to assist our communities and our country during this period of national crisis. We are pleased that these donations to Guthrie will enable their teams to better serve our community during the global fight against COVID-19.”

The Corning Museum of Glass, a museum dedicated to the art, history and science of glass, also stepped up and was eager to help Guthrie in a tremendous way.

“Our Pandemic Plan called for a stockpile of PPE to protect staff,” said Bill Gilbert, Sr Manager of Environment, Health and Safety for The Corning Museum of Glass. “Since our staff is now working at home, Karol Wight (President and Executive Director) asked if we could support our local health care providers with this surplus of equipment. We were able to donate 2,000 masks, 1,000 gloves, and some safety glasses. In addition, one staff member asked about using his personal 3D printer to make face shields. This request turned into a coordinated effort by a small group to utilize both personal equipment and equipment from our Studio to 3D print this vital PPE. We’re very happy that we can do something that helps in a small way.”

While the world continues to find its footing, the silver lining of this pandemic is the outpouring of generosity, kindness and the true desire to help one another.  Guthrie feels fortunate to have community partners like Lockheed Martin and Corning Museum of Glass to turn to when it is needed most. To learn more about others that have supported Guthrie in this effort visit:  https://www.guthrie.org/thank-you-donating