Written by Madeline Trapnell
There's no doubt that the last few weeks have been undeniably disparate thanks to COVID-19. On March 11 2020, the Coronavirus outbreak was allocated a global pandemic. The sudden advancement of the outbreak and its transmission over many healthcare organizations led to a deficit of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could not be solved by expanding and increasing its production. With healthcare professionals relying on PPE to protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease, personal protective equipment was in demand more than ever. In a time of great change and division, our business associates have been persistent in their pledge to support their customers. Though the Coronavirus outbreak has provoked lots of turmoil and unrest, one thing that has remained evident is that people want to help those who have been affected the most.
Black Box Safety Inc., local SDVOSB/DVBE firm in San Diego, CA was called to action when we received a contract with the state of California to supply 250,000 pairs of safety goggles for California frontline healthcare workers in response to COVID-19. When The original supplier for the goggles was unable to provide within a suitable time frame, we conducted a global search for manufacturers of safety goggles that would meet the State of California stringent safety standards. Ironically, the source of the safety goggles ended up being in our own backyard. Local Pacific Beach company Blenders, founded by Chase Fisher, and non-profit organization, Direct Relief were able to provide support and guidance to help Black Box Safety get 250,000 safety goggles manufactured and delivered to the State of California in rapid time. Blenders and Direct Relief provided this aid free of charge and asked for nothing but good will in return. Times like these provide all of us with the opportunity to improve, support individuals in need, and to show who we really are on the inside.