Standing with local business owners at Bellmore’s storied downtown business district along Bedford Avenue, Supervisor Don Clavin and members of the Town Board today announced the launch of the Town of Hempstead’s personal protective equipment (PPE) kit initiative.
The new program makes 6,000 PPE kits available for local businesses with items needed to keep staff as well as their patrons safe. These PPE kits are available free of charge and are only available while supplies last, so businesses in need of these high-in-demand supplies are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible. This initiative has been made possible through funding from the federal CARES Act, which provided a $133 million grant to the Town of Hempstead to distribute economic relief grants to alleviate some of the adverse effects that have arisen due to the pandemic.
“I’d like to thank Senator Schumer for his part in securing the funding for the initiatives that have now helped tens of thousands of Hempstead residents,” stated Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin. “The Town of Hempstead is strong and resilient and that is due to the men and women that make up America’s largest township. We will get through this pandemic together as we remain committed to providing the aid needed to reopen and restore services to our residents and businesses. The Town will continue to do what it can support our residents, our businesses and our community.”
Visit hempsteadny.gov/ppe-giveaway to learn more about the program or apply for a PPE kit. Information regarding eligibility to apply is provided on the website. Note, when applying for PPE kits you will be asked to enter your Employer Identification Number. The application is available in both English and Spanish languages.
Qualifying businesses will be provided with a date, time and location for pickup. Small businesses in both incorporated villages and unincorporated communities in the Town of Hempstead are all eligible to apply for the town’s PPE program.
Each PPE kit comes fully equipped with the basic necessities needed to remain safe and follow appropriate COVID-19 protocols. The kits include:
One contactless infrared digital thermometer
Five face shields
Eight boxes of 50 three-ply masks
Two boxes of 100 pairs of powder-free and vinyl gloves
Two gallons of hand sanitizer with a spray pump
One canister of 1,500 sanitizing wipes
“Business owners were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Town of Hempstead is doing its part to help them recover so they can continue to serve their communities,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. Added Councilman Bruce Blakeman, “These PPE kits are free and are available right now, and we encourage all local businesses to get their boxes today.”
“The 6,000 free PPE kits will go a long way toward getting town residents back to work and our economy running again,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., “Our local businesses need all the help they can get after a difficult start to the year, and the Town of Hempstead is committed to assisting our neighborhood shops.”
“Town of Hempstead business owners are our family, friends and neighbors, and we need to do everything in our power to help them during these challenging times,” said Councilman Tom Muscarella. Added Councilman Chris Carini, “I am proud to partner with Supervisor Clavin to help small business owners, who are the heart of our Town of Hempstead community.”
For more information about the Town of Hempstead and its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout the region, visit https://hempsteadny.gov/.