As cases of the COVID-19 virus spread across the nation critical medical supplies are becoming harder to come by for health care workers, medical facilities and hospitals. On Friday an unexpected donation to Northeastern Health System-Sequoyah alleviated the stress of obtaining at least one of the much needed supplies for the near future.
Pernod Ricard USA, a manufacturing plant and distillery in Ft. Smith, Ark. donated a 55 gallon drum of hand sanitizer to the local hospital as part of its effort to help during the coronavirus crisis.
Stephanie Six, hospital administrator, said that she saw online that the plant was re-tooling part of their production to make hand sanitizer to help with the national shortage and attempted to contact them about placing an order. "Hand sanitizer is very hard to get right now. There's a national shortage and most places are on back order," said Six.
"I reached out and left a voice message on Monday, asking to purchase hand sanitizer. To my surprise on Thursday afternoon, I received a phone call saying that they were preparing to do a mass shipment to New York and would be donating a 55 gallon drum to us," Six stated.
On Friday afternoon the truck arrived with the welcome donation.
"This is amazing and we are forever thankful and appreciative of this gesture of kindness that is shown to our staff to keep the workers on the front line safe for themselves, our patients and their families!" added Six.
The facility began producing the sanitizer on March 21 and reportedly made 1,000 gallons their first day of production. Officials with the company have stated they will continue producing it as long as the need exists.
In a March 18 statement Alexandre Ricard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard, said, “As the world is facing a major pandemic, companies must mobilise, not only to ensure the safety of their employees, but also to contribute to collective efforts in accordance with their capabilities. By sharing our resources and making our production facilities available wherever they are needed, we are supporting our fellow citizens and local authorities. I would like to thank our employees who have worked hard to make everything possible in record time, all over the world.”
KXMX News Staff
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