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28 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 ObeCo Makes Masks & Gowns for Local Health Providers ObeCo, a custom supplier of cargo solutions for the RV industry, manufactured and donated 4,500 personal protec- tive equipment reusable masks and more than 400 hospital gowns to local health organizations in the Elkhart, Ind., area. "We have shut down our regular production and sent our workers home to abide by the state 'Stay at Home Order,'" says Jason Obendorf, president and owner of ObeCo. "But, we have had many of our dedicated employees want to use their professional sewing skills to help in this time of need so we have opened our doors to come in and make the desperately needed PPE masks and gowns." ObeCo contacted Ashleigh Newland of the Elkhart County Incident Command, who coordinates the distribution of the masks and gowns throughout Elkhart County. Fabric was donated by local businesses through the Command and ObeCo turned the fabric into safety masks and gowns. "It's wonderful to see our local community step up and fill in the gap to help our emergency responders and health care workers," says Newland. "This is just one more example of what a thoughtful and giving community we have here in Elkhart." While most of the masks and gowns made by ObeCo have stayed locally, some have actually gone as far as Charleston, S.C.; Houston, Texas; and Boise, Idaho. "I just have to give a big shout out to the ObeCo family for coming in during these scary times and focusing their time and effort into making these PPE garments" Obendorf says. "It's really humbling to know that when things get tough, my employees step up on their own volition to do what needs to be done to help others." Mercedes Delivers Food to Needy Mercedes-Benz USA has been doing its best to help by preparing meals for families and children in need. In addition, MBUSA is empowering thousands more by making it possible for them to receive deliveries through the donation of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans to organizations that are feeding metro-area Atlanta, Ga., and Jack- sonville, Fla.'s most vulnerable residents. As part of the "MBUSA Curbside Caring" program in Atlanta, MBUSA vol- unteers have participated in Thankful Thursdays where, for the month of April, they have delivered lunches to Sandy Springs first responders every Thursday. The company also plans to donate 1,000 meals each week through the end of October to those who reside in underserved areas across the westside of Atlanta, and to deliver nine vehicles to Meals on Wheels, Communities In Schools and Second Helpings Atlanta to help these organizations complete thousands of food deliveries throughout the city. The company also has delivered 9,000 face masks to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta – Hughes Spalding Hospital as part of its COVID-19 response efforts. As for Jacksonville, the MBUSA Southern Region Office is responding to local nonprofits needs for support by preparing a special fleet of Sprinter vans that have become instrumental in the delivery process. This entails delivering 2,500 meals to families and children in need and enables thousands more to be delivered through the donation of 12 Sprinter vans for three months to various organizations. A few additional organizations that MBUSA also has pledged to support include Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Kim's Open Door and Feeding Northeast Florida. Many of these organizations help individuals such as out- of-work adults and children who are no longer in school. ObeCo team members sewed masked and gowns for local health care providers. Pictured in the top photo are: (from back to front): Natasha Ferrell, Amber Wanamaker, Sharon Harroff, Olga Gonzalez, Alex Valdez, Melody Blackmon, Dylan Secord, Mark Grabill. Front Row: Jennifer Charavat, Barb Miller, Rebecca Replogle, and Ashley Mast. Mercedes-Benz USA donated use of its Sprinter vans to organizations providing food for the needy in Atlanta and Jacksonville, Fla.

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