Local business donates masks, PPE to City of Flushing

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FLUSHING — The City of Flushing will be well-stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE) heading into 2021, thanks to a substantial donation from Beacon & Bridge Markets.

Bob Eastman, owner of Quick-Sav Food Stores/ Beacon & Bridge Markets, has donated over $16,000 worth of PPE to the city, including 20,000 surgical masks and 1,000 bacterial wipes. Mask and wipes will be dispersed to city employees, firefighters and EMS, and distributed to nursing homes, school buildings and churches in the community.

“We’ve been in Flushing for 35 to 40 years, and we didn’t want them to run out of masks and PPE,” said Eastman. “Hopefully, this will be a great benefit to the health and safety of the residents.”

Flushing Mayor Joseph Karlichek thanked Eastman for his generous gift to the city.

“On behalf of the council and the City of Flushing, we greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness of your company and its desire to be helpful during these difficult times,” he said. “Your company’s generosity is noteworthy and desires much recognition and appreciation.”

Beacon & Bridge/Quick-Sav Vice President Scott Nelson said that his company has been donating PPE to over a dozen municipalities where their markets are located, including Flushing. Thus far, Beacon & Bridge has donated 256 cases of masks and 325 cases, which translates to half a million masks and 327,000 wipes. — B.G.