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(Washington, D.C., April 14, 2020)–B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement: 
B’nai B’rith International, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General in Milan and an anonymous donor, provided 27,000 personal protective face shields to the Lombardy Regional Government in Italy on April 14. This donation was the result of an urgent appeal from B’nai B’rith Italy.

The supplies were donated by the Brothers Brother Foundation, which keeps medical supplies on hand to deliver overseas at times of disaster and humanitarian need.  
For nearly 20 years, B’nai B’rith has partnered with Brothers Brother to help communities in crisis.

A generous donor sponsored, at no cost, the transfer of the face shields from Baltimore, Maryland to Milan, in close coordination with the U.S. Consulate General in Milan and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service. The personal protective equipment was distributed to hospitals and medical staff in the Lombardy region.

Alan Rizzi, an undersecretary to the presidency of the Lombardy Regional Government, expressed his most sincere appreciation: “This is a concrete gesture of solidarity, which confirms the special friendship between the United States, the Jewish Community and the Lombardy Region. A heartfelt thank you to the B’nai B’rith association.”
Special thanks is due to Executive Board of Directors member Paolo Foa, of Milan, who worked on the ground to make this aid delivery possible. We thank Sandro di Castro, president of the B’nai B’rith Rome lodge, for reaching out to express the great need for assisting the victims and health care workers in Italy. Foa is available for interviews by contacting
B’nai B’rith has been helping communities in crisis since 1865. We have launched a fund to help communities battling the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and other locations around the world.
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