At the end of last week, Clair Global and Tait drivers finished delivering over 200 pallets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all of the sixteen school districts in Lancaster County, along with IU13.
Both companies stepped up, partnering with the Lancaster County Purchasing department, donating their services, to ensure school districts received desperately needed PPE in time for opening.
“Looking out for our community has always been a part of Clair Global’s mission, so when Recovery Lancaster asked if we would be willing to help deliver PPE to local businesses and school districts, we were more than happy to lend a hand,” says Troy Clair, President & CEO of Clair Global.
Since the start of Recovery Lancaster’s free PPE initiative (learn more about Recovery Lancaster in our guide here), Clair has been helping to receive, store, and move PPE, allowing the county to leverage the large quantities needed to acquire hard-to-find products. The PPE was bulk-purchased through the CARES Act the County received.
Additionally, Tait has been manufacturing a variety of PPE items to help school districts as the educational institutions prepare for possible reopening and the logistics of safety precautions with students, faculty, and teachers.
“TAIT has designed and manufactured various barriers and dividers for local organizations and businesses throughout the entire pandemic. With the extra materials TAIT had available, we were easily able to produce face shields, but we were also faced with the challenge of ‘who’ we could donate these face shields to.” said Alex Serrano, Project Manager at TAIT. “When Andrea Shirk at Rock Lititz reached out to TAIT looking for shipping and logistics for the Recovery Lancaster donations, we were eager to help out. Thankfully, Andrea also connected us with the Columbia School District who were in need of our extra face shields. On behalf of TAIT, we are all very grateful to be involved in helping our community recover during this time.”
Andrea Shirk, General Manager at Rock Lititz and co-lead of the “New Business Normal Team” at Recovery Lancaster, helped coordinate the effort, recruiting Clair and Tait.
“Since the early weeks of the global pandemic, Rock Lititz has been focused on how to offer support and safety to everyone within the Rock Lititz community. Through those experiences and our trademark spirit of collaboration, it was a natural fit for Rock Lititz to expand its support to Lancaster County’s businesses and schools through Recover Lancaster, working to get us all back to work and school in the safest possible environments,” says Andrea Shirk, General Manger at Rock Lititz.
Lancaster County Purchasing Department, in partnership with the recovery Lancaster Team, also worked with the Jay Group to palletize and prepare the PPE kits for shipment to the schools and IU13 to coordinate communication with each of the districts.