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Western New Yorkers' Facebook page lends a helping hand

March 23, 2020 - BUFFALO, N.Y. — When Jeannine Alsous and Pete Genovese saw a problem, they did not sit back and hope for a solution. In true Western New York spirit, these two teamed up to start a movement. 

Operation Protect Our Protectors

March 25, 2020 - LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was launched a few days ago by Peter Genovese and Jeannine Alsous. The two went to high school and college together, but hadn’t seen each other in years. Genovese was living in California when the novel Coronavirus arrived in the U.S.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Video

April 1, 2020 - NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Patrick Bradley Interviews Peter Genovese of Protect Our Protectors about their operation and progress.

Operation Protect Our Protectors Fulfilling Shortage of Masks

April 10, 2020 - NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Operation Protect Our Protectors on Friday delivered food and masks to first responders and medical staff at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. It's one of the many stops they plan to make to fulfill a shortage of masks in the region.

Niagara University Alumni Spotlight

April 15, 2020 - NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY - Jeannine Alsous, ’13, and Peter Genovese, ’14, are on a mission: They are determined to make sure no first responder, doctor, nurse, or hospital/medical employee in Erie and Niagara counties has to go without the masks they need to do their jobs safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual Concert To Benefit PPE Frontliners

May 4, 2020 - BUFFALO, NY - A virtual benefit concert is coming to Facebook live. The group Operation Protect Our Protectors is hosting the concert with some national acts to support their efforts in providing PPE for those on the front lines of COVID-19. 

Operation Protect Our Protectors holding virtual, benefit concert this weekend

May 5, 2020 - BUFFALO, NY -  If you're looking for some fun this weekend while staying at home, Operation Protect Our Protectors has just the entertainment you need. The group creates masks for anyone who needs them. They're now partnering with That's the Ticket Entertainment to put on a virtual, benefit concert called "Rock Out for Our Protectors" this Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

“Rock Out For Our Protectors” will raise money to make masks

May 8, 2020 - BUFFALO, NY -  A group that started as a call for action on Facebook is now hosting a full virtual concert in the hopes of raising money to create thousands of masks for people across western New York and the country. We introduced you to “Operation Protect Our Protectors” back in March, when the pandemic really began here in New York.

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