As we know, many COVID-19 patients end up alone and isolated, without their phones in the hospital. In extreme circumstances, they’re unable to see or say "goodbye" to loved ones due to prohibitions on hospital visitors.
Medical professionals, dedicated to supporting their patients are offering their own phones so that ICU patients can connect with family members, adding additional pressure and unanticipated risk to already strained health providers.
Two local residents, one of whom, is a practicing physician in Massachusetts, are spearheading an effort to collect and donate these devices to area hospitals. There's a collection site in Newton Centre which allows for a safe “physically distanced” drop-off or a volunteer can provide pick up. Cabot & Company is also acting as a collection site - we are accepted devices Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. Devices should have a camera, charger and all personal information removed and deleted from your iCloud account. Extra chargers are also needed and welcome.
Because this effort is organized by individuals, and not a non profit, we are unable to provide a tax receipt for your donation however any donation is greatly appreciated!
For more information about readying your device for donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view recent media coverage about this collection effort: