Hopkinton, BAA combine for hospital donation

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John Coutinho-Carolyn Jackson poncho donation 3-31-20
Select Board member John Coutinho (left) delivers a box of rain ponchos to St. Vincent’s Hospital CEO (and Hopkinton resident) Carolyn Jackson.

While the Boston Marathon won’t be held until September, the town and race organizers continue to work together to benefit the region.

Hopkinton resident Carolyn Jackson is the CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, and she reached out to the Select Board to see if the town could help acquire some emergency personal protective equipment for her staff.

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Select Board member John Coutinho in turn contacted the Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the Boston Marathon, and the Hopkinton-based 26.2 Foundation.

As a result, yesterday Select Board members loaded approximately 3,000 rain ponchos — which originally were to be distributed on race day — into a pickup truck, and Coutinho delivered the makeshift protective gear to the hospital himself.

“Facilitating the arrival of more safety equipment for medical professionals who are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is another wonderful example of how we work together,” Coutinho said, via a town press release. “It’s just what we do; we take care of each other.”

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