July '20

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24 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Dexter Workers Provide Masks, Meals With 2,500 employees at 16 plants across North America, Dexter employees have been demonstrating compassion in a variety of ways. At its Fremont, Ind., location, Julia de Delva made masks to donate to the organization weneedmasks.org. To date, she has made 570 masks. Also at Fremont, Angelika Gaona is sewing masks in her free time helping others in need. A team of volunteer employees at Fremont served free dinners along with other organizations in Steuben County as part of the community's Free Food Fridays. Dave Mitchell from Dexter's Albion, Ind., facility along with his wife, Julie, handmade 450 masks for the Albion employees fulfilling a need with mask shortages from outside ven- dors. Randy Goggans, also from the Albion, Ind., plant and his girlfriend, Alisan Noe, have been making masks to donate to those on the front lines as well as employees at the plant. At the Atlanta, Ga., plant Scott Siegel worked with several groups that directly support the medical community with PPE. He has been using his 3D printer to print reusable masks. While working from home, he can print a pair of reusable masks off the printer every eight hours. Finnegans' RV Center Donates RVs to Firefighters Like many dealerships in the U.S., Finnegans' RV Center in South Beloit, Ill., was preparing for a stellar spring and summer peak season ... and then the COVID-19 pandemic happened. "Obviously, that came to a screeching halt," co-owner Mark Finnegan says of the company's expectations. "But, since RV parts and servicing are essential, we're able to keep that side of the business open." While the dealership's sales and rentals have been tem- porarily shut down, an opportunity for community outreach arose. A local fire department with only one station con- tacted Finnegans' as concerns of the virus grew in March. "They were worried that if they had a crew that went out on a call – and they were involved with somebody that tested positive for the virus – that they would have to quarantine the crew," he says. "But they didn't have a place to do it having only one fire station." So, Finnegans' RV Center provided the city of Beloit firefighters with a Holiday Rambler fifth wheel, as well as a 2018 Four Winds Class C 29Z motorhome to another fire station. But Finnegans' RV didn't stop there. In order to help businesses in the area, Finnegan launched the Save Our Local Businesses Now page on Facebook. It asked that people within the community continue to support local restaurants and bars, tipping generously when they can. Within a month, the Facebook page garnered more than 10,000 members, keeping many businesses in the area in operation. Meanwhile, Finnegan was able to help supply hand sanitizers, protective gloves, disinfectant wipes, and 95 respirators to local health care workers. Dexter employees and their spouses made and donated hundreds of masks for frontline workers and their fellow employees. Finnegan's RV Center donated a fifth wheel and Class C motorhome (pictured) to local fire department stations.

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