In mid-March, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis launched a social media campaign aimed at spreading awareness on the fight against coronavirus, asking residents to share how they are helping to slow the spread of coronavirus.
As S-5! employees emerge with incredibly unique and touching stories, the company is joining Colorado's campaign by extending an invitation to all of its staff and customers worldwide to participate in this worthy endeavor with its #DoingMyPartS5 campaign.
“We encourage our employees and customers to share photos or videos of themselves doing their part in stopping the spread of the virus,” said S-5! CEO and Founder Rob Haddock. “Be sure to tag your family or friends to do the same. That could simply be a short video or still shot of working from home, homeschooling, washing your hands, making masks for healthcare workers and community members, video calls instead of visiting, or getting groceries for a high-risk neighbor."
S-5! employee Kristi Hilligrass based in Colorado Springs, along with her mother’s book club, is making masks to donate to healthcare workers. They gathered fabric, elastic, and a N95 mask cover template and got to work.
“Over the course of three weeks, working our jobs during the day and making masks by night, together we have made 2,500 masks,” said Hilligrass. “The masks have evolved over time, and we are now making them with filters inside.
“We have donated the masks to Colorado hospitals, doctors’ offices and nursing homes as well as to our families and friends, coworkers, and even strangers at stores and gas stations,” said Hilligrass. “We have shipped masks to more than seven states thus far. About one week ago, orders started flooding in; companies want them for their employees, grocery store managers for their store workers — the need is overwhelming.”
S-5! employee Juan Carlos Fuentes based in Franklin Township, Pa. is volunteering on the front lines as a volunteer firefighter with his local fire station.
"I wanted to help the community where we live,” said Fuentes. “My grandfather was a firefighter director in Chile, so the fire service has always been in my blood. I completed my essential training at the fire academy and since then, I have been in the volunteer fire service, attending a variety of calls during COVID-19.”
Haddock said this is "just a drop in the bucket" with what S-5! employees and customers are doing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and urged others to participate.
"We need to spread the word about what we're doing to social distance and help one another during these uncertain times, so we can encourage others to do the same," Haddock said. "We have employees who are making masks, volunteering on the front lines, etc.”