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Dave Krbec, president and owner of DocPPE, tries on one of his company’s masks, which he and the PawSox were donating 250 to Lifespan Health System Wednesday. Lifespan operates Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, all in Providence, as well as Bradley Hospital in East Providence and Wakefield, and Newport Hospital, in Newport.

PAWTUCKET – Once again, the Pawtucket Red Sox have covered all the bases for the benefit of their good friends at Lifespan hospitals.

Through a deal that was struck with a Boston-based company, the local Triple-A ballclub on Wednesday donated 250 masks to Lifespan after a special delivery took place at McCoy Stadium. Last month, the PawSox dropped off 250 rain ponchos at the Lifespan office that’s located near Rhode Island Hospital, which is where team reps caravanned as part of the latest effort to help those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re delivering them to the people who need them the most,” said Joe Bradlee, PawSox vice president of baseball operations and community relations. “Lifespan has been a longtime partner of the PawSox. This is the second donation we’ve made to them during this outbreak and we hope to continue to show our support to them in any way we can.”

The one-size-fits-all face masks that went to Lifespan are following the guidance under the Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and recommended for onetime usage, per David Krbec, president of DocPPE. Krbec says his company has been all in on making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) since the pandemic broke. The PawSox were connected with DocPPE through Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment, an agency that handles appearances for Red Sox alumni.

“[DocPPE] was huge. They stepped up to the plate,” said Bradlee, his choice of words appropriate as he stood in front of the main gate outside McCoy Stadium.

Per DocPPE’s Facebook page, the company’s primary concern is, “the protection and safety of our healthcare workers so that they can continue to fight for and protect us.”

The conversations between Bradlee and Krbec, who personally drove the masks to McCoy, proved to be productive, though there was still the matter of making sure the protective gear met Lifespan’s criteria.

“They got right back to us and said, ‘You bet. We can absolutely use these masks,’” said Bradlee. “We pulled this off over 10 days. It came together rather quickly.”

“These are all made in America. Nothing is outsourced outside the United States,” said Krbec, noting his company is also in the business of producing face shields and hand sanitizer.

Joining Bradlee in making the trek to Lifespan was Alex Richardson, PawSox community relations assistant.

“We’re lucky to have guys like David to help make this happen,” said Bradlee.

In response, Krbec stated, “Looking forward to donating to the people in need right now.”

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