Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s, which operate 66 stores throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina, recently donated more than 7,000 KN95 masks to frontline healthcare providers at hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina.
“We’re deeply grateful to all the doctors, nurses, clinicians and staff who are providing exceptional healthcare to area residents throughout the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We know there have been mask shortages throughout the region and want to make sure area healthcare workers have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe while caring for patients.”
Parker’s has donated 2,000 masks to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga.; 800 masks to St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, Ga.; 600 masks to Liberty Regional Hospital in Hinesville, Ga; 600 masks to East Georgia Regional Hospital in Statesboro, Ga.; 600 masks to Effingham Hospital in Springfield, Ga; 400 masks to Candler County Hospital in Metter, Ga.; 80 masks to Allcare Healthcare in Lyons, Ga; and 50 masks to Savannah OBGYN in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s also plans to donate 300 masks to Hospice Savannah.
“On behalf of our entire East Georgia Regional Medical Center family, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Parker’s for their recent donation of KN95 masks for our healthcare team,” said Jenny Maddi, BSN RN, patient safety officer and director of risk management at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. “Through this donation, we will continue to be able to protect our staff and provide the best care to our patients and community. We are very thankful for this support, and appreciate Parker’s for always being an engaged partner in our community.”
In South Carolina, the company has donated 800 masks to Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C. and 180 masks to Pruitt Health in Moncks Corner, S.C. Parker’s will also donate 700 masks to Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C.
“Beaufort Memorial Hospital is very grateful to Parker’s for their support during this unprecedented time,” said Courtney Smith, special projects director at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. “Given the unpredictability of the PPE supply chain, Parker’s donation of masks is especially meaningful and will assist us in continuing to provide the highest level of protection to our workers on the front lines so they may, in turn, provide the best possible care to the patients we serve.”
Founded in 1976, Parker’s gives back to every community where it does business through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program, which donates a portion of gas sold at all Parker’s locations on the first Wednesday of the month to area schools, healthcare facilities and other important causes. To date, the company has given more than $7 million in local charitable donations.