These are unprecedented times given the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. As most people are home as the crisis unfolds, they are trying to help in meaningful ways. In other cases, companies are halting production of products they normally create to make hand sanitizer, face masks and other in-demand products. If you have your own story of doing good, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s do our best to find the silver lining and share these uplifting stories.
Flowerbombing Philadelphia Park
“We have decided to share with this great city some of the beauty that would have been part of some magnificent special events in the upcoming week. We hope this brings a smile to your face as we get through this together,” was the message that accompanied two truckloads of flowers that decorated Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square last week after COVID-19 led to the cancellation of several events. DFW Event Design, an event company, wanted to share the blooms with the city when several of its events were canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We wanted to bring smiles to people’s faces,” explains Katie Robinson, the owner of DFW, who came up with the idea when she saw florists from Holland, where many of her flowers come from, throw many of their flowers away due to the crisis.
Not only did the 2,000 flowers decorate six vases around the park’s perimeter, Antoine-Louis Barye’s lion statue, and the park’s fountain, but some were offered to residents to bring home with them.
Eventprofs Happy Hour to Focus on Feelings
This Friday, a two-hour online gathering for #eventprofs will be held 12 to 2 pm EST. “From 2011 to 2017, I hosted the weekly online Eventprofs Happy Hour, first on Twitter and then Google Plus. I’m bringing it back for this crisis, as I’ve found that meeting professionals need a safe place to talk about what’s going on in their lives,” says Adrian Segar, author of Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love and facilitator of participant-driven meetings. For more information, click here.
Lufthansa Releases Medically Trained Employees With Pay
As Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread, additional medical personnel is needed, and with that in mind, Lufthansa is releasing its employees in Germany who have completed medical training to work in medical facilities while receiving their full salary.
Additionally, Lufthansa is donating 920,000 facemasks to health authorities in Germany. Also, in order to bring as many people as possible back home quickly, the Lufthansa Group airlines are also operating numerous special flights all over the world. In close consultation with the governments of their home markets and on behalf of tourism companies and cruise lines, Lufthansa Group airlines are currently offering around 140 special flights. More than 25,000 passengers are flying home with Lufthansa, Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Newark, Chicago, Montreal, Zurich
LVMH to Supply France With 40 Million Surgical Masks
Following the retooling of its Perfumes & Cosmetics production units to manufacture and distribute large quantities of hydroalcoholic gel free of charge, the luxury conglomerate LVMH has pledged to help address the surgical mask shortage France is currently facing.
By virtue of its global distribution network, LVMH has managed to secure an order with a Chinese industrial supplier for a delivery of 10 million masks in France in the coming days. The plan is to repeat this order for four weeks for a total of approximately 40 million masks.
In order to secure this order during an extremely tense period and to ensure that production begins today, Bernard Arnault arranged for LVMH to finance the whole of the first week of deliveries, amounting to five million euros.
The LVMH Group will assume management of the supply chain, delivery and custom clearance for all subsequent deliveries.
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