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Stony Brook University in New York has begun collecting messages and medical supplies for those veterans and medical professionals who are unable to visit their families during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stony Brook University has begun collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, protective eyewear, and disinfectant wipes to donate to the medical staff at Stony Brook University Hospital, reported The Long Island Advance.

As the university began receiving donations from the public, they noticed an influx of inquiries about how to best thank these medical professionals, so they settled on a safe, no-contact option: cell phone videos. 

In addition to videos thanking medical professionals, the university encourages the community to submit videos for the veterans unable to receive visitors due to their “high-risk” status. All videos to medical personnel should be no longer than 20 seconds and can be sent to [email protected]. Those looking to send messages to at-risk veterans can send their 20 second or less videos to Jonathan Spier, LISVH Deputy Executive Director, at [email protected]. The messages will be shared on digital boards throughout the Long Island State Veterans Home and the Stony Brook University Hospital.

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