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32 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Richloom Creates Masks for Community The changing nature of instructions during the COVID-19 outbreak helped Richloom Fabrics find a niche where it could help its community. Officials at New York-based Richloom were in discussions of how to help during the pandemic, and given that their core competency is fabric and there was an obvious need for PPE material, the solution seemed obvious. "We discussed the various needs, but much of the PPE fabrics were non-woven material, which Richloom does not produce," says COO Michael Saivetz. "As the need for masks and gowns grew, we recognized that we could make and donate non-med- ical grade masks to local elder care centers, doctors' offices and others so that the med- ical professionals on the front line could use medical grade PPE." Then, when the CDC announced that all Ameri- cans should consider wearing masks, the company knew it could help. "We started sewing poly- ester and cotton masks and have donated to all around Clinton, S.C., where our dis- tribution center is," Saivetz says. "We did not stop there and at our new weaving oper- ation we started engineering Level 1- and Level 2-grade woven gown material. Phase 1 trials were successfully passed for the material and the com- pany was seeking to be certified for Level 1- and Level 2-grade fabric for gown manufacturers. Officials made contact with government officials in North Carolina, South Carolina and New York to express their interest to serve the communities. Rose City Loans Trailers for Triage When COVID-19 hit, St. Mary's of Saginaw, Mich., asked Rose City RV to borrow a travel trailer for triage testing. GM Molly Keetch of Rose City Tawas agreed right away to loan, deliver, and set up a travel trailer for medical use. Meanwhile, Mike Bowers, manager of the Emergency Management of Ogemaw County, Mich., contacted Wayne Keetch, owner of Rose City RV of Rose City and Tawas, asking for the use of travel trailers to triage outside of hospitals. Travel trailers are being used by the MidMichigan Hospital and McLaren Health in West Branch, Mich., for triage testing. McLaren Health in April was gearing up to test 200 to 400 individuals daily. These tests will be prepped and administered in travel trailers. "As a dealership and as members of the community, we believe it is important to support each other," Molly Keetch says. "Whether it is with a kind word, supporting locally owned businesses or giving free makes to customers that do not have one. We will continue to do our part to keep our community safe and healthy." RVezy Provides Remote Bases for Health Care Workers The founders of RVezy, a peer-to-peer RV company based in Canada, have found a way to help essential workers self-isolate while staying close to home. In the same way Airbnb lets people rent their houses or apartments to someone else, RVezy lets people who own motorhomes, camper trailers and every kind of RV rent them out to others. "Most people use a recreational vehicle a few weeks a year. What about the other 11 months? You've got a very expensive asset sitting unused in the driveway," RVezy co-founder Mike McNaught tells the Toronto Sun. The peer sharing idea saw McNaught and his business partner, Will Thompson, launch RVezy in 2016. The business has been a huge success. Now it may save lives. RVezy has been called upon to provide emergency accommodation to health care professionals and other essential workers who need to self-isolate to protect their families, but who also need to stay close to home. Individual frontline workers, such as doctors and nurses, have turned to RVezy to get an RV so they can self-isolate and protect their family's health. They're more or less still home during the pandemic – just parked right outside. St. Mary's hospital in Saginaw, Mich., gratefully accepted the use of an RV from Rose City RV.

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