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Stamford, Conn. – Nov. 26, 2012 – Covidien has donated more than $100,000 in crucially needed medical supplies to AmeriCares to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Diapers, gauze, bandages and other donated products from the company have been distributed to families suffering in the wake of the storm.
Covidien’s medical products were immediately delivered to the most affected parts of New York and New Jersey where families were staying in shelters or living without power for weeks after the storm, including elderly residents stuck in the top floors of high-rises without working elevators.
“Covidien’s support has enabled us to quickly and efficiently help communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Corporate Relations Geoff Kneisel. “Products and medical supplies to help care for infants and elders were some of the most urgently requested items following the storm, and with Covidien’s rapid response we were able to meet those needs.”
Covidien, with its U.S. headquarters in Mansfield, Mass., has supported AmeriCares for more than 25 years, donating medical supplies and funding to people suffering from devastating disasters and extreme poverty worldwide.
Since Sandy struck, AmeriCares has delivered 84 aid shipments for affected families, bringing medical aid, bottled water, blankets, first aid kits, flashlights and cleaning supplies to the hardest hit communities. The humanitarian aid organization also has a 40-foot mobile clinic assisting health care facilities in New York City unable to treat patients because of storm damage and power outages.