St. Michael’s Alumni Families to Donate 8,000 N95 masks to Dell Children's Medical Center

Working with the St. Michael's "Mums of Alums" group, alumni parents Tracy and Jarrett Anderson (Clay '18 and Mason '16) organized a cadre of St. Michael's families to donate close to 8,000 N95 respirator facemasks at a cost of approximately $25,000 to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, a pediatric acute care hospital affiliated with The UT Austin Dell Medical School, and a member of Ascension Health.

"Jarrett and I wanted to do something to support the front lines and local businesses in the fight against COVID-19. We sent a big food delivery to St. David’s, but that didn’t seem like enough," explained Tracy Anderson. "Then we heard from alumni parent Dean Drummond (Dylan '16) mentioning the availability of medical masks. So, the idea was forged to buy masks and donate them with other SMCA families."

A recent article in The Atlantic highlighted the ongoing need for masks and personal protective equipment:

"...Meanwhile, hospitals are still struggling. There aren’t enough masks and gowns to adequately protect staff... Overwhelmed and underprotected, doctors and nurses are falling sick. In Michigan, more than 700 employees at one hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus; at another, 1,500 are out of work with consistent symptoms." 

Some of the masks are going to other medical facilities around the country. One family is sending their donation to Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Their contact "just cried" when she was told about the donation. 

Dell Children’s Medical Center of the Seton Healthcare Family, a faith-based nonprofit healthcare system that serves all of Central Texas. According to its website, "The Daughters of Charity founded Seton in 1902 as a sign of God’s unconditional love for all, and today Seton strives to expand access to high-quality, low-cost, person-centered care and services."

Those who contributed to the donation include:

Ms. Kerstin Arnold
The Biederman Family
The Brucker Family
The Butler Family
The Carlton Family
The Doyle Family
The Glenn Family
The House Family/Estes Audiology
The Lucie Family
The MatulaFamily
The Obermeyer Family.
The Ruggio Family
The Tellechea Family
The Turlington Family
The Urry Family
The Watkins Family
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