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44 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Camping Cots Become Beds for Homeless, Temporary Hospitals Disc-O-Bed, Lawrenceville, Ga., shifted gears to supply cots to those in need during the fight against COVID-19. This switch in focus was a significant move for Disc-O-Bed in its mission to grow its presence in the emergency sector and provide a ready-to-go sleep solution. As the coronavirus spread, Disc-O-Bed saw a growing need for cots in the emergency community. The company adhered to CDC guidelines and ensured that the cots were distributed quickly and efficiently to those who needed them most. "It makes me proud to see our product helping so many people and really play an important role in the fight against the virus," says Frenk Boltong, chief operating officer at Disc-O-Bed. "We are really working hard to make sure we are getting beds out to those who need them." This news comes after many not-for-profit organizations and aid agencies had requested large amounts of cots in response to COVID-19. Bean's Café has transformed three large arenas into tem- porary shelters in Alaska to house up to 430 local homeless or displaced people during the COVID-19 outbreak. Samaritan's Purse used Disc-O-Bed cots in its mobile emer- gency hospital in northern Italy. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) set up a 75-unit temporary hospital using the cots to help alleviate the overflow of local hospitals. Another 100 bunks were sent to Haiti by Build Health Inter- national, where the organization has set up a COVID-19 treat- ment center. Grand Design Provides PPE to Health System Grand Design RV was able to make several donations of protective masks as well as gloves during the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The company pledged to donate 1,000 N-95 respiratory masks and numerous sets of protective nitrile gloves to Beacon Health System. The large donation was meant to assist the many health care professionals and volunteers in their continuous support and care of those affected in the community by the COVID-19 virus. "From Grand Design's inception, we wanted our company to be part of the fabric of our community," says Don Clark, president and CEO of Grand Design RV. "With this in mind, we are honored to be able to provide pro- tective equipment to the many brave professionals and volunteers that are providing much needed health care during these trying times. "Our industry stands united in the fight against the COVID-19 virus and it is inspiring to see the many ways that our industry has pulled together on this united front," he adds. "Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with all health pro- fessionals and volunteers as we continue to battle this virus. On behalf of all Grand Design team members, thank you." Also, Elkhart Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery remained open during the pandemic to treat emergency dental patients who suffer from pain, swelling and infections. The practice helped to team with the medical community to keep as many patients from going to the emergency rooms for medications and potential treatment. After struggling to obtain N-95 masks for three weeks, the office received several boxes of the masks from Grand Design RV for the doctors and staff to use. Top: Grand Design CEO Don Clark (left) donates masks to a local surgery center. Above: Grand Design donated boxes of PPE to Beacon Health System. Disc-O-Bed donated its cots to nonprofit organizations fighting COVID-19 in the U.S., Haiti and Europe.

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