Ocean State Job Lot donates $250K to help virus response

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island-based retailer Ocean State Job Lot has donated $250,000 to buy protective equipment and cleaning supplies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The supplies will be donated to local and state governments, as well as hospital and medical facilities, the North Kingstown company said Tuesday.

“COVID-19 is affecting all of us in every community and Ocean State Job Lot is prepared to do its part to help,” David Sarlitto, executive director of the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, said in a statement.

“Our unique buying process allows us the flexibility to move swiftly and purchase the items most in need,” including gloves, masks, disinfectants, sanitizers, and eye protection, he said.

Customers can also contribute at any of the chain’s nearly 140 stores across the northeast U.S.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.