Hospitals are struggling with limited supplies, but a local business is giving a helping hand.
The Vice President of Big Apple Music, Mr. Mark Bolos Jr, bought and donated 1,000 masks. Around 750 masks were donated to Mohawk Valley Health Systems and 250 masks were sent to the Rome Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Bolos Jr ordered masks from ATHM Accessories. This is a small business that made guitar pics and other accessories for Big Apple Music. Because demand was low, ATHM decided to start making masks instead. The owner of Big Apple Music told us that ATHM is "A company that makes our guitar pics, they make little accessories for us, they're not making those accesories now. They're making masks and gloves. He reached out to them and he ordered 1,000 masks. He knew hospitals could use them. He gave a bunch to Mohawk Valley Health Systems and the Rome Memorial Hospital also. I mean, Big Apple can take credit but it was really my son Mark that did it."
Mr. Bolos Jr's father, the owner of Big Apple Music, is very proud and stresses why this is so important. Mr. Bolos said "I think they're very important because I know that the hospital workers need them. They can't just wear the same mask over and over again. They have to interchange them and take them off, throw them out. We don't want them reusing the same mask because this virus is a serious thing. Letting them have some supplies that they need is very important."
Big Apple Music has been around for 41 years. This is the first time they have ever closed. They will be closed for at least the next month, but they are still taking online orders.