SVHC thanks Orvis for contributions to fight against COVID

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BENNINGTON — Simon Perkins, president of the Orvis Company, a retailer specializing in fly fishing, hunting and sporting goods with headquarters in Sunderland, recently accepted a gift of appreciation from Tom Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care for contributions of more than 750 face masks during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Orvis's contributions demonstrated such concern and compassion for our visitors, health care workers and their families," said Tom Dee. "We are so grateful for their help in keeping our community and employees safe during this challenging time."

Masks had been in short supply nationwide, leaving many hospitals to rely on community members and businesses to supply crucial equipment. SVHC received personal protective equipment from more than 130 individuals and business donors. Donations have included N95 masks, procedure masks, hundreds of cloth masks, cloth surgical caps, and face shields made on 3D printers.

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