The Aboff family of Aboff’s Paint Stores has donated 3,200 N95 respirator masks to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital as part of a donation of personal protective equipment to several health care providers across Long Island.
The family donated a total of 17,000 masks to hospital networks and to emergency medical service outlets in Amagansett and Huntington.
The masks are typically used by painters “so they don’t breathe in aerosolized paint fumes and sanding particles,” according to Stony Brook University. The family combed its stores across the region for the supplies when the call for assistance went out to businesses last month.
"We've been part of the community since 1929 and we wanted to give back to the community that's been supporting us over the past 90 years," Matthew Aboff said in a release from the university.