Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd March 2023 Issue no. 1057
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Bradley donates hand sanitiser dispensers for hurricane Ian relief efforts
Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Florida, Bradley Corporation has donated hand sanitiser dispensers and supplies to support the hand hygiene of community members helping with relief efforts.
The product donation came about when Bradley's national sales manager, Brian Jurkiewicz, and regional sales manager, Mike Logan, brainstormed with Karen Lott, Bradley territory business manager, to determine the most impactful ways to help ongoing aid and cleanup endeavours.
"Places like fire stations, hospitals, veterinary clinics and food banks were overrun with people - and many of these facilities had no access to running water for handwashing," reveals Karen Lott. "Since Bradley manufactures products that support hand hygiene, we thought we could help by providing hand sanitising equipment to disinfect the hands of those working the front lines.
The donation included gallons of hand sanitiser gel, a pallet of stainless steel hand sanitiser dispensers - with stand-alone and wall-mounted units - and batteries to operate the dispensers.
Karen says she knew Fort Myers-based Suncoast Supply Company and Sean Filiault, outside sales representative for Suncoast, would make a great partner for coordinating the distribution of donation. "Sean didn't skip a beat in helping us disperse the dispensers and supplies to groups of community members exactly where they were needed," she reports.
Bringing this idea to fruition was no easy feat in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it made landfall west of Fort Myers, Fla. on September 28th. A few days after, Karen drove to Fort Myers to deliver the hand sanitising equipment to Suncoast only to find houses were still under water, roadways were blocked with uprooted trees and branches, and the national guard was directing alternate traffic routes.
"The area was completely devastated," she recalls.
"We were more than happy to partner with Bradley to execute its very generous offer to help our community," says Sean Filiault. "Even months after storm, these hand sanitising dispensers are still being donated to facilities helping our community. I recently dropped off hand sanitising equipment to a local restaurant that is heavily rooted in local foster care donations, as I knew it is and has been providing free meals to the community since the storm. Hand sanitation in places like these should be priority."
For more than 100 years, Bradley has created complete and advanced commercial washrooms and comprehensive solutions that make industrial environments safe. A leading source for multi-function handwashing and drying fixtures, accessories, partitions, solid plastic lockers, as well as emergency safety fixtures and electric tankless heaters for industrial applications, it is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., US, from where it serves commercial, institutional and industrial building markets worldwide.
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