The other side of the pandemic

Recent news from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties show organizations and individuals giving back during the COVID-19 pandemic

South Florida cosmetics manufacturer Oxygen Development delivered 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer (image above and featured image) to Boca Helping Hands. Oxygen has so far donated 50,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to Jackson Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and other organizations. Boca Helping Hands will include the hand sanitizers in the thousands of pantry bags they provide for local families each week.

Teachers who found themselves technologically unable to teach virtual classes were assisted by the Broward Education Foundation and Office Depot’s Teacher Supply Drive. The drive distributed $125,000 in remote learning tools to more than 450 Broward educators including microphones, headsets, green screens and whiteboards.

Miami-based Reef Technology, the largest parking network in North America, partnered with Chef David Chang’s Fuku to feed first responders. The New York-restaurant, which recently entered the Miami market, donated chicken sandwiches to health care workers at Baptist Hospital South Florida, Cleveland Clinic, Jackson Memorial and more.

Plantation real estate team The Hopkins Team gave eight scholarships to seniors from Nova, Western, South Plantation and College Academy high schools. In lieu of its annual celebration of these students, The Hopkins Team held a 15-car parade with a police escort, two fire trucks and Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner.

In early May, Fort Lauderdale juicery and coffee bar Press & Grind Café raised almost $10,000 to prepare and deliver healthy meals to 1,500 first responders in South Florida.
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