The Housewares Charity Foundation has raised funds to provide masks and related personal protective equipment for workers in the coronavirus-hit restaurant industry.
It raised more than $35,000 along with in-kind donations of masks from two companies: Iris USA donated 25,000 masks to the fundraising effort, and Rose Healthcare also donated 2,000 more.
Other contributors to the effort were: Airigan Solutions, Alliance Rubber Co., Armaly Brands, Conair Corp., Farberware/Acuity Mgt, Greg Cairo, Kalorik, Newell Brands, The Presto Foundation, Pretika Corp., Simatelex, Tablecraft Products Co., T.O. Epps, Total Biz Fulfillment and Vesta Precision.
“The Housewares Charity Foundation thanks the housewares industry for its continued, remarkable support,” said Peter Cameron, a member of the HCF board of directors. “When people are in need, whether it’s relief for victims of natural disasters, our effort to eradicate breast cancer or, in this case, support for our struggling restaurants nationally as they try to cope with the virus’s protective requirements, the industry always answers the bell. Your support will really make a difference.”
HCF is working with the James Beard Foundation to distribute the PPE to restaurants in need, and donations can still be made at housewarescharity.org. The HCF main event, the 2021 Housewares Cares Charity Gala, is slated for August 9 during The Inspired Home Show, August 7 to 10 in Chicago.