On April 2, Allied Printing Services launched our initiative to manufacture PPE face shields to donate them to hospitals and first responders in our local community. The initiative grew exponentially and by early May, we exhausted our supply after shipping 21,000 face shields to hospitals, assisted living & behavioral health centers, ambulance corps, visiting nurses, police & fire departments, pharmacies, food pantries, funeral homes, universities, rehabilitation centers, healthcare & dental offices, veterinary hospitals, corrections corps and more. While most of these destinations are in Connecticut, we responded to outreach from as far as California, Texas, South Carolina and New Hampshire.
It has been the goal of our President & CEO, John Sommers, “to be a part of the solution in our collective response to this pandemic”. Our employees jumped on the opportunity to give back. In classic Allied fashion, every department came together as a team to respond quickly. In under one week, we developed a prototype using substrate on hand with a simple, effective solution to affix the headband, finalized the design to fit our capabilities and face shields were in production. Over the next three days, we created an online ordering portal for ease in placing orders, publicized the link, set up an administrator and rapid fulfillment shipment process to get these into the hands of our healthcare workforce quickly. The outpouring of gratitude from our community was so rapid, genuine and heartfelt, we’d like to share a small sampling of their comments.
Thank you to all for letting us help support you – the front line heroes – and for your efforts in keeping our loved ones safe and healthy. It is YOU who deserve our thanks for making such a difference in the lives of many.
“Connecticut Children’s truly could not do what we do, without the tremendous support from partners like Allied Printing Services!” – Alyssa Horrall, Director/Corporate Relations, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
“These are difficult times for many of us. Please know your donation directly helped to keep our team and our patients safe.” – Deborah K. Weymouth, CEO, ECHN
“The chance to receive donated face shields is an incredible opportunity especially since the surge of COVID patients has begun and has not reached expected levels yet… this effort by Allied Printing is absolutely savings lives of providers by providing them with extra protection against the disease. We thank you and everyone from the bottom of our hearts.” – Mark D. O’Donnell, PhD, Trinity Health Of New England
“Your gift will help keep our staff and the adults we serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Connecticut safe.” – Monica Carr, Director of Development, Journey Found, Inc.
“I can’t express how much I appreciate the donation of face shields that have been distributed to our facilities which will protect our Correction Officers. I will be spreading the word about your generous donation.” – Steven Wales, Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center
“Please extend my gratitude to your staff and thank you for all you’re doing to help healthcare workers stay safe. The staff here feel a sense of support from good people like you… thank you for providing a means, when supplies are scarce, to keep the people safe that are trying to keep our residents safe.” – John A. Kelly, Administrator, The Summit at Plantsville
“I’m a doctor at Student Health on campus at UConn. This will help us extend our current supply. We are already running low. Thank you so much for your generosity.” – Beth Schweitzer, M.D., Family Medicine
“Thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing to support our community. I am humbled by how the Manchester community has come together to support one another in this national time of need.” – Kristine A. Lajeunesse, Owner/Care Coordinator, Always Best Care of Central CT, Inc.
“I’d just like to thank you so very much for offering these to medical facilities and first responders. I can tell you that every little bit helps. These donations are saving lives.” – Nick Pizzoferrato, Medical Supply Officer, Newington EMS
“Many thanks to your incredible company and workers for helping out our nonprofit organization during the scary and stressful time. Stay healthy!!” – Ali Fiedler, SARAH Inc.
We’re not sitting still. Allied has moved onto another charitable initiative. We’re currently wrapping up the design stage for a children’s activity workbook to help keep kids engaged at our local hospitals. Stay tuned for the debut in June!