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If you’ve stayed at a local Marriott or sailed on a Carnival Corp. cruise line ship, you have likely seen someone wearing an ICO Uniform. Now, the Miami-based apparel maker is recalibrating its sewing machines for masks for regular South Florida residents as the coronavirus crisis continues.
When the coronavirus canceled Girl Scout cookie booths, local troops adapted to the times to help our military.
A Jackson County business received FDA approval to mass-produce personal protective equipment. The new operation is two-fold as the business is not only helping those on the frontline, but also the unemployed as they now must fill dozens of positions to bring the project to fruition.
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco Pinellas, in partnership with a network of nonprofit organizations, is distributing emergency hygiene kits to support seniors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These kits provide basic necessities to seniors who have been unable to find these items at their grocery stores due to increased demand.
Generous people are cranking out homemade medical masks to help with the shortage at hospitals. Across South Florida, people are doing whatever they can to help doctors in dire need of medical supplies.
Bolder sells hundreds of thousands of dollars of products at a single expo, she added. It has some online sales, but not enough to keep Bolder in business. But the spunky entrepreneur refused to give in. Last week, she negotiated a contract with BayCare Health System to help alleviate the shortage of surgical face masks for its 15 hospitals in Florida, including Winter Haven Hospital and the Bartow Regional Medical Center.
The machinery at Florida Centerline Group usually makes signs. Now, employees are using them to make face shields.
Once dedicated to working on couture pieces, high-end fabrics and luxurious gowns, Palm Beach’s seamstresses and designers are using their skills to make cotton face masks for Florida’s first responders.
With the CDC now recommending the use of cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Lacrossewear is using its available resources to focus on creating protective masks. Utilizing microsuade fabric, which is used in performance material for shorts, the company began creating masks last week.
Stuck home with all the end-of-year festivities likely to be canceled, a Saint Stephen’s senior has been producing face shields to donate.
The theme park announced on its blog that it will be donating the food, such as fresh salads, greens and cooked hot items, to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, as part of the ongoing Disney Harvest program.
Over the last few weeks, the organization’s operations have all shifted to solely focus on COVID-19 crisis management. People affected by workplace and school closures, many unable to leave their homes, and neighbors who are experiencing reduced hours at work all look to Feeding Northeast Florida for their next meal.
The PGA Tour and The Players Championship partnered with Feeding Northeast Florida to provide 22 tons of food—valued at nearly $700,000—to serve and support families in need throughout the region.
Some South Florida developers are stepping up during the pandemic and giving to those less fortunate, through cash donations, medical supplies and food.
With empty ships in ports and no passengers to serve food to, a number of cruise lines have donated their excess food to local charities. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hurtigruten and Windstar have all donated food to a variety of different charities after the lines suspended operations.
Disney theme parks have donated 100,000 N95 masks to California, New York and Florida along with 150,000 rain ponchos to protect nursing uniforms in the nationwide effort to battle the coronavirus outbreak.
Nearly a quarter of a million Girl Scout cookies have been donated by troops across North Florida as part of the Cookies for Healthcare Heroes project.
Tampa Bay area businesses have started submitting applications for the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. The loan is aimed at helping employers pay their workers’ salaries, 401K contributions, health care benefits and continuing to pay the business rent/mortgage during the COVID-19 crisis.
The packaging industry has the capability of producing massive volumes of products. Through the innovation of engineers and the utilization of packaging technology, we have the capability to create much-needed face shields for the medical community.