Bob Tilton, owner of the Mt. Ephraim Philly Pretzel Factory, recognizes the important role that nurses play and in recognition of National Nurses Day on May 6, he is looking to donate 30,000 KN95 masks to local healthcare organizations.
Tilton recognizes the increased challenges that front-line medical personnel now face because of the coronavirus pandemic and wanted to show his support and appreciation. So, he started with a small goal of donating a few hundred pretzels to Jefferson Hospital in Washington Township.
“Our customers have remained loyal to us during this time and we want to keep paying it forward”, Tilton said.
The first donation was so well received that it led to a larger goal of donating 20,000 more pretzels, which was also quickly achieved.
The next goal was to reach 25,000, which as of May 5, was reached and surpassed with 31,500 pretzels donated. “We will continue to donate until till we know we hit every healthcare facility in our local region,” Tilton said.
Now, Tilton is stepping it up even more by donating 30,000 KN95 masks to local healthcare organizations in recognition of National Nurses Day and also National Nurses Week which, which begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. This year’s theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health, demonstrates how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.
Tilton explained: “My main business, Cross Country Media and Sourcing Inc, is an import company that sources cosmetic packaging and hospital personal protective equipment (PPE). Since we are in the space, Cross Country will ride the back of the Philly Pretzel Factory Mt. Ephraim campaign, along with our Deptford and Sewell locations, to combine resources and donate 30,000 KN95 masks to local healthcare organizations.”
These donations have an estimated value of approximately $60,000.
“During these unprecedented times, the work and dedication of nurses, doctors, and other front-line medical professionals cannot be underestimated. They work tirelessly and play such a crucial in our communities in the fight against the coronavirus. We want to make sure they know they are supported and appreciated,” Tilton said.
Before requesting a PPE donation, Tilton has established certain criteria as he does not want the masks to go to waste.
“The hospitals and/or healthcare facilities must be able to take the donation of KN-95 masks. Therefore, prior to contacting us to request a donation, please check to see if this allowed in accordance with your organization’s guidelines and rules. Please also do not show up at the store to ask for masks,” he said.
In order to be considered for a donation:
- Head over to the Philly Pretzel Factory’s Facebook page by clicking here and send them a message with the number of masks you are requesting. Please be mindful of how many you request. “We would like to be able to reach as many organizations as possible,” Tilton said.
- The store will follow-up with you to confirm your donation and to arrange for pick-up at our Mt. Ephraim store.
- When picking up, you will need to show proof of identification from your organization.
“We are extremely thankful and grateful that we, as a single store, are in a position to donate over 30,000 pretzels in this economic downturn. Now, we are even more thankful that our three locations and Cross Country Media and Sourcing Inc. can join forces in donating 30,000 masks to institutions in need,” Tilton said.