On hearing of the nationwide shortages of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), staff from every division of LACMA wanted to assist the healthcare workers who are sacrificing so much to protect our communities. We all wanted to contribute; to assist the community beyond patience and prayer and observing the safer-at-home directive.
All of our teams who use PPE collaborated to consolidate supplies so we could deliver them to a hospital in need.
Our Art Preparation & Installation (API), Collections Management, Conservation, Gallery Construction, and Facilities departments contributed nearly 300 N95 masks, 5,700 nitrile gloves, 150 shoe covers, and a pair of splash goggles to front-line L.A. County healthcare workers. Senior leadership worked with L.A. County for their guidance on how to donate our PPE. They directed us to the LAC + USC Medical Center near downtown L.A. which has a drop-off location for the donation of these critical supplies.
The dock attendant receiving the donation expressed gratitude, and let us know that Angelenos had kept them busy all week with their generosity. It was heartening to see pallets and pallets of PPE and donations staged nearby. Since we made our delivery on Saturday, workers were catching up on doing inventory and distributing supplies to their next destinations.
We hope you all are staying safe at home and wish you and your loved ones the best. Special thanks to all those providing medical care to our community. We support you!