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July '20

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62 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Outdoorsy Sends Caregivers on Trips Austin, Texas-based RV rental company Outdoorsy says it will be offering free road trips to health care workers throughout the U.S. and Canada once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. For trips booked until June 30, Outdoorsy matched the booking with free road trip nights donated to deserving health care workers. The road trip recipients were selected through an open-to-the-public nomination process to win a three-day, two-night RV rental from Outdoorsy and an annual membership to Harvest Hosts, a membership club for RVers offering free camping at more than 1,000 wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms, golf courses, museums and other attractions. "The CDC has said spending time outdoors can improve overall health and wellness, so to thank our health care heroes for the sacrifices they're making now, we want to gift them peace of mind for later," says Jennifer Young, Outdoorsy's co-founder and chief marketing officer. "Our mission is to make memorable outdoor experiences accessible for everyone, and we know Out- doorsy has an important role to play at this moment in time. Knowing that a road trip can help you to recharge and reconnect motivated us to launch this program, and to be able to give back together with our community of RV owners and renters makes this cause even more important to us." To kick off the give-back program, Outdoorsy says its first road trip recipient is Danielle Martin, an intensive care unit nurse at Uvalde Memorial Hospital outside Rio City, Texas. Martin and her husband, who nominated her, are both nurses. Danielle, who is eight months pregnant, has been working full time throughout her pregnancy, treating COVID-19 patients despite her worries about contracting the virus and putting her own health and unborn child's health at risk. "This means the world to me as I begin my new journey as a mother. This means my husband and I can take our new baby on his first trip this summer," Danielle Martin says. "We are both working full time as nurses right now, so we can take time off when our little one is born and take him to see family. We love road trips and cannot wait to share this experience with our son." Fenech Family Donates Masks An Elkhart couple has donated thousands of N-95 respirator face masks to health care workers in northwest Indiana. Bill and Kristin Fenech donated 10,000 of the masks to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. Bill Fenech has always been an entrepreneur and helped found Keystone RV in 1996. In 2012, he founded Grand Design RV along with his brother Ron Fenech and friend, Don Clark. He is the current co-owner and president of Barletta Boat. The masks are being distributed to Elkhart General Hospital, Goshen Health and nursing homes in the area to protect workers from con- tracting and spreading the virus, according to Inside Indiana Business. "In the midst of extraordinary times, we have exceptional individuals stepping forward to help their community. Bill and Kristin Fenech are two such people. We are very grateful for their generous gift," says United Way President and CEO Bill Rieth. Beacon Health System and Goshen Health representatives already have begun receiving the masks, which have experienced an increase in demand as supplies dwindle. Danielle Martin Bill Fenech

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