Giving back in Coronavirus fight: New Christiana Care collection site: FMC, Wawa,

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In partnership with Delaware business leaders Richard Piendak and Dave Tiberi, ChristianaCare will open up a second public donation center for supplies at the Westown Movie Complex at 150 Commerce Drive in Middletown.

The donation center will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Piendak and Tiberi spearheaded a successful collection site effort at a center in Newport.

The following unused items are needed:

  • All types of unused protective face masks, especially N95 masks.
  • Protective suits and medical scrubs.
  • Goggles, safety glasses and face shields.
  • Cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes.
  • Medical gloves.
  • Digital and disposable thermometers.
  • Hand sanitizers.
  • Disposable stethoscopes (new).
  • iPads

To donate iPads, please clear the security and data first. You can follow these instructions to clear security and data:

ChristianaCare is requesting donations of these items from businesses or community members who have supplies that they do not currently need. Members of the community are not being asked to purchase new items for donation. Details on ways to contribute are available at

To keep volunteers and donors safe, people who bring donations are asked to pack the items into the trunk of their car and pull into the donation line. They also are asked to leave windows up and to not get out of their car. A volunteer will unload the items.

All people at the site are advised to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart. Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms should not come to this donation site.

Additional donation centers are being planned, and information will be released as details become available.

This new donation site continues the effort that began on Wednesday, March 25th, at 110 W. Market Street in Newport. The Newport donation site will be open for donations today until 6 p.m. and for one final day tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In its first day, the donation center received:

  • 1,094 protective eyewear items.
  • 494 boxes of medical gloves.
  • 375 N95 masks.
  • 268 coveralls.
  • 89 tubs of disinfectant wipes.
  • 52 surgical vests.
  • 50 boxes of masks.
  • 35 disposable lab coats.
  • 25 liters of hand sanitizer.
  • 2 alcohol prep cases.
  • 2 Lysol wipe containers.

FMC donates 165,000 masks to area health systems

FMC Corporation has donated nearly 165,000 masks to five health systems in the Greater Philadelphia region to assist frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipient organizations include Penn Medicine, Jefferson Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple University Health System, and ChristianaCare.

The global company began to source additional personal protective equipment (PPE), which are used in FMC laboratories, greenhouses and production facilities, in January 2020 as COVID-19 emerged and started to spread in Asia and other regions.

“A review of our PPE at key FMC sites around the world revealed opportunities to redirect some of those materials to locations in critical need,” said Pierre Brondeau, FMC CEO. “Earlier this week, we received a delivery of 140,000 surgical masks, which have been donated to area health systems. An additional 24,500 N95 masks have also been donated. We offer our thanks to the men and women who are working on the front lines at area hospitals. All of us at FMC are keeping them in our thoughts during these extraordinary times.”

FMC, an agricultural science company, employs approximately 800 at its global headquarters at FMC Tower in Philadelphia. The company also has more than 550 scientists and associates at its global R&D campus, the FMC Stine Research Center, Newark.

Free coffee from Wawa  for first responders and health care workers

Wawa announced that all first responders and health care workers will receive free to help them get through often longer shifts, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The program started on Thursday and includes stores in the Delaware Valley,  Delaware  and Florida.

Wawa has temporarily closed a few stores when an employee or patron  was found with coronavirus. The chain has 800 stores in the Mid-Atlantic and Florida. The stores include a location on Limestone Road near Kirkwood Highway in the Milltown area.