From donating money to local food banks to manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE), retailers are helping healthcare workers and charity organizations in the fight against the coronavirus. Check out how brands including Carhartt, Crocs, Dyson, Fanatics, The Body Shop, and Under Armour are giving back to communities in need:
On March 31, Carhartt announced its plans to manufacture 2.5 million masks and 50,000 gowns for medical workers. Carhartt is working closely with local health officials and will continue to produce supplies as long as they are in short supply.
Along with scrubs, Crocs are a staple in hospitals and doctor’s offices. The company is now pledging to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes per day to healthcare professionals taking care of patients affected by the coronavirus.
Dyson, the company best known for vacuum cleaners, is now producing ventilators dubbed the CoVent. Dyson will donate a total of 15,000 ventilators to help medical workers treat patients worldwide.
Fanatics has suspended production on Major League Baseball (MLB) jerseys and is now using the polyester mesh fabric to make medical masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
The Body Shop
To ensure that everyone has access to hand washes and bar soaps needed to eliminate bacteria, The Body Shop is donating 30,000 units of cleansing products to local shelters and senior communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
To support hunger relief efforts as a result of school closures and quarantines, Under Armour is donating $1 million to Feeding America. The donation efforts will be focused on reaching the cities where Under Armour teammates live and work including Baltimore, Maryland; San Francisco and Rialto, California; Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Oregon.
Though only time will tell when this global pandemic will end, one thing is for sure – we will get through it by working together.