Grey’s Anatomy Is Donating Hospital Gowns and Gloves to Real-Life Healthcare Workers

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in the latest season of Grey's Anatomy.
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in the latest season of Grey's Anatomy.
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Grey’s Anatomy is doing its part to combat the new coronavirus by donating its hospital gowns and gloves to real-life healthcare professionals who lack them.

According to Refinery29, the long-running ABC series is the latest medical drama to announce plans to transfer supplies from production sets and costume departments to actual medical institutions. It’s not clear where Grey’s Anatomy will deposit its donations, but there’s a good chance it’ll be in or around Los Angeles, since the show is filmed there. ABC’s The Good Doctor, which films in Vancouver, is distributing supplies in that area, and Fox’s The Resident gave masks, gloves, gowns, and other supplies to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, near its own filming locations.

Dr. Karen Law, a rheumatologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, took to Instagram to thank the cast and crew of The Resident for the delivery.

“Yesterday, I had a serious discussion with the residents about how, though supplies are low, a magical shipment of masks is unlikely to arrive. And yet, a magical shipment of masks DID arrive, in the form of this very generous gesture,” she wrote in a post.

The Grey’s Anatomy donation comes after the news that its spin-off series, Station 19, had given a few hundred N95 masks to Station 35, a firehouse in Los Angeles.

“At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a backstock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well,” Krista Vernoff, showrunner and executive producer for both shows, told Refinery29 in a statement. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”

Wondering how you can join in the effort? Here are seven ways to help your community.

[h/t Refinery29]

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San Pedro, California Is Home to the Country’s Only Volunteer-Run Post Office

A vintage postcard of San Pedro, California.
A vintage postcard of San Pedro, California.
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There are more than 30,000 post offices in the United States, but only one of them is staffed entirely by volunteers. As Fast Company reports, the nonprofit-run Assistance League Post Office has been serving customers in San Pedro, California, since 1964.

The Assistance League Post Office is one of many contract postal units around the country. Contract postal units are run privately instead of publicly, usually by a business. The post office in San Pedro is unique in that it's operated by a nonprofit organization.

More than 50 years ago, the San Pedro chapter of the Assistance League opened the post office to service its growing community, which includes the Port of Los Angeles. The location only sold stamps for decades, then expanded into a full-service post office in 1990. In addition to running the local postal service, the Assistance League of San Pedro provides low-income residents with orthodontia care, glasses, sexual assault survivor kits, and new school clothes—all resources that revenue from the post office helps pay for.

To make its charitable mission possible, the post office relies on volunteers. Post office chairman Gayle Merrick runs a staff of 17 volunteers—all retired women between the ages of 65 and 87. Their backgrounds range from medicine to education, and they commit to giving three to four days of their time to the post office each month. Many people who volunteer at the Assistance League Post Office stick around for a while; the longest-serving volunteer worked there for a quarter of a century.

The San Pedro post office closed to the public in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its customers and volunteers are still waiting for it to return. Merrick tells Fast Company that she hopes to reopen by October 1, in time to help process local mail-in ballots for the 2020 election.

[h/t Fast Company]