FROM LOCAL SOURCES
JASPER -- Some Dubois County companies are stepping up to provide personal protective equipment to Memorial Hospital in Jasper.
Jasper Engines donated 10,000 surgical masks to the hospital Tuesday.
In a statement, a company spokesperson said they are beyond thankful for the care hospital staff are providing to our community.
In addition to the masks, Jasper Engines gave the nursing staff at the hospital two coolers filled with ice cream.
Jasper-based Kimball International has donated 100 tables to Memorial Hospital.
The new tables are being placed outside of every third patient room door to hold additional sanitizing supplies and personal protective equipment.
In addition to the 100 tables donated to Memorial Hospital, Kimball International reached out to other communities and 50 more tables were assembled by team members in Salem, Indiana and donated to St. Vincent Ascension hospital. 60 more tables are being prepared for donation in another company community, Danville, Kentucky.
Crews at the company’s Jasper Avenue facility also produced protective caps for Memorial Hospital employees since healthcare professionals are now required to cover their heads in the facility.
Employees across Kimball International have been working hard to sew hundreds of protective masks for local hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Santa Claus, Indiana employees combined resources to donate 200 Blizzards from Dairy Queen to the Perry County Hospital to bring some joy and cheer to their local healthcare professionals.
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“We were overjoyed with the chance to help,” said Stan Wendholt, Director of Sales Operations at Kimball. “We have a new respect for our installers because table assembly also includes the hard work of unboxing, unpackaging, and uncrating! We had fun together of course, and it felt good working to support our local healthcare heroes.”
Kimball International employees have also assembled and delivered nine care box “kits” to various Dubois County long-term care facilities in Jasper, Huntingburg, and Ferdinand. Each kit includes resources for operation, safety and just a little bit of “joy and gratitude” including iPads, face shields, caramel corn and a “Thank You to our Healthcare Heroes” yard sign.
“I am inspired and humbled by these giving stories,” said Lonnie Nicholson, Kimball International’s Chief Human Resources Officer, “because it truly demonstrates our company’s purpose – to be makers of possibility. We are proud to have been a part of helping our communities during this time of need – to help make it possible for them to care for others. We look forward to continuing to identify ways to support all communities in which we operate.”