Gerber Technology launches an initiative to help local communities in need of protective gowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with its network of manufacturers and charitable associations, RetailersUnited and Fashion For the Frontlines, Gerber donates 5,000 Level 1 gowns to various organizations in need.
The gowns are made of DuPont Tyvek material, specifically assigned to Gerber Technology for PPE (personal protective equipment) production. All of the gowns are being produced in U.S. factories to keep local workforces employed.
Since Gerber created the PPE Task Force in March 2020, it has helped over 1,700 companies pivot their supply chain for PPE production. Gerber estimates it has produced over 100 million gowns and 8 billion face coverings during the pandemic in 2020. Gerber helps ensure United States health organizations have access to industry-standard PPE through its most recent gown donation efforts.
“Every community is in great need of help as they continue to fight COVID-19, especially right now,” says Karsten Newbury, chief strategy and digital officer at Gerber Technology. “We are proud to be doing our part to help frontline workers be safer as they perform critical services for their communities. We are grateful for the partnerships with the manufacturers who have done their part to produce personal protective equipment during this very difficult time.”
The recipients, determined jointly by Gerber Technology, RetailersUnited, and Fashion For the Frontlines, include:
- NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for local distribution
- Eger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Staten Island, New York
- Housing Works Inc. in Brooklyn, New York
- and Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board in South Dakota
“We continue to see unmet needs of PPE across the U.S. in hospitals, healthcare systems, retailers, communities and more, but by simplifying the supply chain and producing more PPE domestically, these shortages will be mitigated,” explains Deborah Weinswig, CEO of Coresight Research and board member of RetailersUnited. “We value our continued collaboration with Gerber Technology and thank them for this contribution. The recipient institutions play a vital role in their local communities. With the recent alarming spike in COVID cases, these gowns are desperately needed, especially by smaller organizations whose funds and access to PPE are more limited.”
Fashion For the Frontlines’ focuses on getting PPE to those in need on the frontlines in healthcare. While RetailersUnited focuses on helping America reopen for business with a focus on the retail Industry.
“We were thrilled to connect with our generous friends and partners at Gerber Technology,” says Sherri Barry, owner of Arizona Fashion Source and Co-Founder of F.A.B.R.I.C. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a tremendous need for gowns by the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s board. Through our partnership with Gerber, we are able to successfully provide them with the number of gowns they need to operate safely.”