Two local organizations partner to distribute PPE to 56 refugee families

On Saturday, 14 volunteers from Elena’s Light and PPE4ALL drove from house to house distributing masks, face shields and disinfectant products to refugee families across the greater New Haven area.

Volunteers gathered in the parking lot of the North Haven Stop & Shop on Saturday morning to pick up bags of personal protective equipment from a designated tent set up by Elena’s Light. About 350 individuals from the 56 recipient families received a total of almost 600 pieces of PPE. Elena’s Light is a New Haven-based organization that aims to build better futures for local refugee women and children through English language learner programs and health education. PPE4ALL, a nonprofit organization founded by Emme Magliato ’23, assembles pieces of PPE and donates them to at-risk communities across the country.

“A lot of families, our partners, just the refugee community in general, did not have access to reusable masks,” Hillary Jean-Bart ’24, program development coordinator and ELL coordinator for Elena’s Light, told the News. “We know that there’s a lot of unequal distribution of COVID-19 among immigrant populations, and so we wanted to make sure that they had resources to protect themselves.” 

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