The lighting industry has an impressive track record when it comes to charitable efforts—just look at the annual Goombay Bash, which has raised more than $9 million for basic science cancer research over the past 19 years. So it should be no surprise that lighting vendors took leading roles in their community once again in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, providing support and supplies to battle the pandemic and uplift spirits.
Here’s a roundup of just some of the things Lightovation exhibitors have done to help:
Artcraft: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company will be donating a portion of all sales to the United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
Bulbrite: As a reflection of the company’s corporate purpose #turnlifeon, in addition to year-round community service efforts, Bulbrite has donated essential PPE to local hospitals in Berger County, New Jersey, and another initiative will be announced shortly. Follow the company on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
DALS: For many years, the company has supported its regional food bank Moisson Laurentide north of Montreal, which provides more than 4,300 tons of food annually to 10,000 households in the area. DALS increased its pledge to provide 160 volunteer hours helping to sort and distribute these much-needed food supplies. The company has also increased its monetary donations to give the organization additional financial support to continue helping those in need.
GM Lighting: The company is partnered with nonprofit The Man/Kind Project and GM is supporting them in their efforts to aid those most affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is in the streets bringing help to the homeless, as well as connecting the elderly and infirmed with complimentary groceries and personal care products. #CovidKindness care bags for first responders shows appreciation for those most affected by the pandemic.
Hinkley: To add some extra comfort to the homes of frontline responders and volunteers, the company is giving away 500 ceiling fans through May 15. These heroes have allowed others to shelter in place with their loved ones, so Hinkley wanted to pay it forward. Nominate a local hero at https://www.hinkley.com/to-our-frontline-heroes.
Kuzco Lighting Group: The company worked with local hospitals to donate surgical masks to frontline staff. It is heartwarming to see communities coming together to support healthcare workers, and Kuzco is grateful to be able to help.
Legrand: The global brand’s response has also been far-reaching. In the United States, a cable management solution was developed within four days to supply power to 2,000 beds in field hospitals in the state of New York. In Indiana, a production line for display screens has been converted to the manufacture of cloth masks. In Spain, the teams at Neat, one of the Group’s specialist brands developing assisted living solutions provided nurse call solutions to meet urgent equipment needs. In Franks, the logistics platform at Veneuil-en-Halatte mobilized its resources to enable delivery within 24 hours of components to a customer producing medical respirators. In Italy, emergency solutions (especially bedhead units, nurse call devices and VDI cabling systems) were provided for temporary hospitals set up in Milan and Bergamo. In the Netherlands, a videoconferencing system was donated to a retirement home in Eindhoven to facilitate maintaining links between residents and their relatives. In the United Kingdom, the Aidcall emergency call solution was installed as a matter of urgency in a private hospital to relieve the National Health Service (NHS). And in India, a university hospital in Kolkata converted into a specialized center dedicated to treatment of Coronavirus patients was equipped with the Group’s UPS (uninterruptable power supplies) to ensure continuity of energy distribution. Legrand is also creating a solidarity fund dedicated to nursing homes for elderly people.
Livex Lighting: The company has donated more than 50,000 masks so far to hospitals, first responders and essential businesses throughout the community and the country.
WAC Lighting: The company ordered 500,000 Level-3 surgical masks with the intent of donating them to COVID-19 healthcare relief efforts abroad, but as conditions became worse domestically, WAC shipped these masks to U.S. hospitals, primarily in the New York City metropolitan area that has been so hard hit with the virus.