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54 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 GE Appliances Donates Masks, Gloves GE Appliances has announced that it donated more than 100,000 surgical masks to health care facilities in five states where it manufactures appliances essential to keeping American families safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, GE Appliances will donate 100,000 pair of industrial gloves to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be distributed throughout the state where needed. Kentucky health care facilities will receive more than 100,000 masks, which is being coordinated through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The masks will also be donated to health care facilities in the following communities where GEA has manufacturing sites: Decatur, Ala.; LaFayette, Ga.; Camden, S.C.; and Selmer, Tenn. These donations are in addition to the 2,500 N-95 masks the company pro- vided to University of Louisville Hospital. The company also is utilizing its 3-D printing operations at its global head- quarters and FirstBuild, its microfactory tied to the maker community, to man- ufacture face shields, a portion of which will be donated to healthcare facilities through the University of Louisville. Additionally, the company is donating its appliances to community organizations on the front lines of fighting the virus and recently launched its GEA4Heroes campaign with United Way Worldwide, an initiative that provides appliances to first responders and healthcare workers who need appliances more than ever to sanitize their clothing and dishes and to prepare meals for their families. For more information about the program, visit GEAppliances.com/GEA4Heroes. GEA is also a founding member of the One Louisville Fund, contributing $100,000 to help community organizations and individuals impacted by COVID-19. In another project, thousands of bags needed to pack meals for seniors in Louisville, Ky., were sent to community agencies thanks to members of GEA Women's Network. When the network learned that the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) needed help finding bags to place food in for its senior meals home delivery program, the Women's Network worked fast to find and order bags and get them delivered to community partners at Louisville Metro. Fun Town RV Provides RVs to Public Safety Groups Despite having three of its 13 locations shut down due to COVID-19, Fun Town RV has reported success across Oklahoma and Texas. In fact, owner and CEO Jarrod McGhee reported an 89 percent sales increase in April over what the dealership did in April 2019. "We were able to keep on moving," says McGhee. "But one of the things that we brought out this year is the 'RV flu shot.' It's a chemical we've named 'RV RX,' and it knocks out 99.9 percent of all bacteria in the coach." As the Center for Disease Control details more safety protocols for businesses, such decontamination ingenuity moves to the forefront and could help dealerships continue to operate. With that in mind, RV RX is also being used on the 40-plus RVs that Fun Town has donated or discounted to cost for first responders and public safety organizations. "Local sheriffs had a bunch of jailers who had tested positive, and they needed a place to quarantine," McGhee says. "So, we took about five units over there and set them up. We did that for a couple of different counties around here in Texas. We were a little bit of everywhere." Additionally, Fun Town helped place nurses, doctors, and other health care workers in used RVs in their own driveways. Once the units are no longer needed, the RVs will be doused with RV RX and the bedding and mattresses will be completely changed out. "I think that we're starting to get around the corner on this," says McGhee. "I think this is going to bring a lot of people back to the RV industry. It was really easy to do Airbnb … but this is going to show con- sumers there's a lot of value to owning your RV and being the only person that's ever slept in that bed." Health care providers show their appreciation to GE Appliances for the donation of more than 100,000 surgical masks. Representatives of Fun Town RV are pictured with a few of the trailers the dealership donated or provided at discounted costs to first responders and public safety organizations.

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