Miami company, not-for-profit join to aide hurricane victims

Miami company, not-for-profit join to aide hurricane victims
During a recent distribution of free PPE in the D.C. metro area, a Masks For America volunteer gives Nurses Station Hand Sanitizer to a community member. (Photograph by Sebi Medina-Tayac)

Many victims of Hurricane Laura lost access to clean water and electricity, exacerbating the challenge of keeping Covid-19 at bay. A Miami-based manufacturer of hand sanitizer called Nurses Station has teamed up with Masks For America, a not-for-profit, to provide hand sanitizer to devastated areas.

“The pandemic is rampant, but essential goods like hand sanitizer need to be available to everyone. We in Miami understand hurricanes, so when we heard our neighbors in Louisiana and Texas were going to be hit hard, we knew clean water could be sparse and sanitizing your hands in a shelter is vital at this time,” Nurses Station founder Ed Harary said from his home in Coconut Grove. “Getting product to the victims and collaborating with Masks for America was an easy yes from us.”

A shipment of 2,160 bottles from Miami to Houston, TX, for distribution at a Masks For America center. From there bottles of sanitizer will be delivered to the most devastated areas.

This isn’t the first time that Nurses Station and Masks For America have teamed up. In July they joined forces to deliver hand sanitizer to BLM protesters in Washington, DC; New York City; Nashville; Albuquerque; Houston, and Puerto Rico.

“Nurses Station has been a valued partner in Masks For America’s tireless fight to ensure frontline workers and communities have essential PPE in times of crisis. From racial justice protests to hurricane relief shelters, their team has provided us with high quality hand sanitizer every time we need it,” said Bob Bland, co-founder of Masks For America.

“I hope the recovery is quick and that our effort helps protect everyone from COVID-19,” Harary said. “That’s always been the goal, stop the spread.”

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