Devils’ Josh Harris, David Blitzer Make 6-figure Coronavirus Donation to RWJBarnabas; Team Will Continue to Support Part-time Employees through May 15

By Chris Ryan
NJ Advance Media for
March 31, 2020

New Jersey Devils managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have made a significant six-figure donation to RWJBarnabas Health’s Emergency Response Fund in an effort to aid the healthcare company’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The donation will help supply RWJBarnabas’ more than 35,000 employees with proper safety equipment while battling the pandemic. The money will help hospitals acquire N95 respirators and surgical masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, eye protection, and other necessary medical equipment, such as ventilators.

The Devils also donated 7,000 pairs of gloves, 10,000 hand sanitizer units and an assortment of sanitizing wipes and sprays, to RJWBarnabas. Those supplies were picked by the organization and distributed to its hospitals.

“We are incredibly thankful and appreciative for the generous donation from Josh Harris, David Blitzer and the New Jersey Devils,” Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, said in a release. “Our team members are extremely dedicated and selfless. It is our obligation to ensure the best protection as they perform their truly heroic work and this donation will help to provide them with the resources necessary to stay safe and care for our patients.

“These are unprecedented times, and this donation reinforces the importance of aligning with a like-minded partner that shares our vision and recognizes the true meaning of community goodwill.”

The Devils, who already pledged support to their part-time employees following the suspension of the NHL season, extended that pledge through May 15.

The team also informed local government that Prudential Center can be made available of emergency medical purposes, if necessary.

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