Lakeland Regional Health was awarded $25,000 from AT&T’s charitable arm to help buy protective gear for its frontline workers.

“We have been committed to Florida for 140 years, and when the communities we live and work in need us most, we are honored to give back and support Florida’s families and small businesses as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Mucci, AT&T Florida’s Lakeland-based regional director for external and legislative affairs.

AT&T is also providing 1,000 meals to health-care workers in Polk and Hillsborough counties through a $10,000 contribution to Project Frontline. Meals are being prepared by Nineteen 61 in Lakeland and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in Tampa, according to an AT&T news release.

Lakeland Regional Health is grateful for the donations, said Timothy Boynton, the vice president in charge of development and communications: “These much-needed funds will be directly applied to our ongoing COVID-19 efforts. As a not-for-profit organization, we are grateful to be part of a community of such giving and supportive individuals and businesses.”

Lakeland Regional Health has set up a COVID-19 Fund to accept financial donations to buy more equipment and supplies.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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