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Road constructor donated masks to hospitals, seniors' home

Pioneer Construction donates 17,000 masks to Northern Ontario health-care providers
Pioneer Construction mask donation
Pioneer Construction's Malcolm Croskery donates mask to Dr. Anthony Keating of Health Sciences North in Sudbury. (Supplied)

Pioneer Construction has donated surgical masks to frontline health-care providers in Northern Ontario hospitals and a seniors' home.

In a May 4 release, the Sudbury-headquartered road builder delivered 7,000 masks to Health Sciences North in Sudbury and sent an additional 10,000 protective coverings to hospitals in Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Thessalon, and Algoma Manor Nursing Home in Thessalon.

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The company plans to secure more shipments of masks in the coming weeks and said they plan to continue with these donations with priority going to the medical professionals helping to fight COVID-19.

“We will continue to donate masks as they become available. Our target will be hospitals and seniors' homes located in Northern Ontario where the need is the greatest as we are aware that their supplies are diminishing at a rapid rate," said Malcolm Croskery, Pioneer's chief operating officer in a May 4 statement.

The company is encouraging other businesses to reach out to their suppliers to secure personal protective equipment that can be donated to medical facilities with urgent needs.

"If we all do our part, we can help ensure that health-care workers in the North have the appropriate PPE needed to battle COVID-19 without jeopardizing their own safety and the safety of their families," the company additionally said in a statement.