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P&G Donates Protective Gear, Equipment to Hospitals
Ohio Ag Connection - 03/25/2020

Procter & Gamble Co. has committed to donating $1 million to help provide protective gear, medicine and medical equipment to hospital workers in intensive care units who are facing a surge in patients because of coronavirus disease.

The Cincinnati-based maker of consumer goods such as the Vicks brand of products for cold and flu symptoms said the money will go to Direct Relief, which is delivering protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns to U.S. health care organizations in areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

"As a leader in consumer health for more than 125 years, Vicks has always focused on providing care and promoting relief in times of need," said Paul Gama, president-elect for P&G's global Personal Health Care division. "This time is no different. We must come together to help those most in need, which is why Vicks is helping to support health care workers on the front line."

Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based humanitarian aid organization that's active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, is coordinating its COVID-19 efforts with public health authorities, businesses and nonprofits in the U.S., China and other countries.

The nonprofit organization, which was established in 1948 to aid people recovering from World War II, also is working to expand medical help to safety-net health facilities where chronic gaps are expected to widen because of the highly contagious respiratory illness.

"As cases continue to grow, private industry has an extraordinary ability to collaborate for the public good, and Vicks is leading by example," Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief, said of P&G's donation.

P&G's Vicks line of products, which include VapoRub, NyQuil and DayQuil, are sold in more than 74 countries on five continents.

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