“It felt natural to try and give back” - Nova Scotia Health receives donation of 11,000 face shields from anonymous donor

When Eileen Rivas de Caccavale, logistic manager, supply chain operations at Nova Scotia Health, heard that a local business was going to donate 11,000 face shields to frontline workers, she immediately picked up the phone to call the donor. 

“I wanted to express how thankful we were for the donation,” said Rivas de Caccavale. 

The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, said that donating the face shields on behalf of his business just felt like the right thing to do. 

“I’m really thankful for the people on the frontlines, so it felt natural to try and give back,” said the donor. “Throughout the whole process I was just really thankful.”

Additionally, the donor’s personal connection to frontline workers in Nova Scotia Health’s Northern Zone helped motivate the decision. 

The donation of more than 11,000 face shields is estimated to be worth approximately $30,000. 

Rivas de Caccavale, who has been assisting with the distribution of the face shields and other personal protective equipment, said that the stock is being used in various locations across the province.

“Making the donation makes me feel good in two ways,” said the donor. “Firstly, it allows me to help out other Nova Scotians, and secondly, it helps to reduce waste.”

The donor noted that the donation was largely influenced by his business’ surplus stock of face shields. Instead of sending them back to the manufacturer, the donor asked if they could be given to frontline workers at Nova Scotia Health.

“I don’t like to see things go to waste, so I suggested that the surplus stock be donated to Nova Scotia Health,” said the donor. 

The idea was well-received by other business managers and administrators. 

“They were happy to hear that we were thinking of such a thing,” the donor recalled. 

To date, 9,600 of the 11,000 face shields have been distributed to 34 Nova Scotia Health locations across the province. They have played an important role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and protecting essential frontline workers from the virus.

Thank you to all our staff and physicians who are caring for patients and the community, and working hard to limit the spread of COVID-19.