Manufacturers and dealers help communities while the nation battles pandemic
Georgia Spa Company Five locations in Georgia
Each quarter, the Gives Back program from Georgia Spa Company selects a charity or cause to support with a portion of proceeds from that quarter’s sales. Hot Tub for a Frontline Worker was made possible through Georgia Spa’s third-quarter sales this year. Tori Mendelsohn won a pink Freeflow Spas hot tub. Mendelsohn works two jobs while continuing her nursing education at Southern Union in Opelika, Alabama. She works as a NICU patient care technician at Piedmont Healthcare in Columbus, Georgia, and as a licensed practical nurse at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia.
Nominees were required to be a frontline employee who provides an essential service or key public service and/or those who have been required to work through the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous nominations were submitted across many fields of work.
“We received and reviewed an incredible amount of nominations, and after a rigorous evaluation and voting process, Tori edged out some close competition,” says Mark Stevens, owner of Georgia Spa Company. “Ultimately, Tori’s dedication to her field, family and helping others led to her being selected as our Hot Tub for a Frontline Worker recipient.”
Mendelsohn has also logged many hours volunteering at local events such as a special needs rodeo or assisting trick-or-treaters to boost morale at nursing homes. After tornadoes hit in east Alabama in 2019, she spent two months volunteering with disaster cleanup and warehouse management.
Additionally, through Expect Miracles Surrogacy, Mendelsohn delivered a baby boy named David in May 2019 for parents from Israel. Although tough on both the mind and body, she plans to embark on a sibling journey for the same parents to assist with completing their family.
“She has spent so many years focused on healing those around her, I think she forgets just how important she is too,” says her husband, Adam Mendelsohn, who nominated Tori for the hot tub. “She would never ask for this for herself, and I know she would say someone else probably needs it more because that is the kind of person she is, but it’s also exactly why she is so deserving of this.”
The Mendelsohns, along with their children, Juliet, 9, and Maverick, 4, will receive the new hot tub at a date to be arranged with Georgia Spa Company.
Rich’s for the Home Six locations in the Seattle area
At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Rich’s for the Home began to advertise products aggressively, mentioning that a portion of proceeds would be donated during this time to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations. CEO Jon Chapman says the message was very well received, and a check was sent at the end of May to the Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse and Orphan Relief and Rescue.
We’re glad to support those organizations, but we’re so busy now trying to take care of the business — which we’re thankful for — that it’s hard to have further involvement. In the beginning, all you would hear 24/7 was pandemic, pandemic, pandemic. There was a lot of need. We were wanting to drive business, but Samaritan’s Purse was on the frontlines in New York trying to set up a hospital, and that was a great cause we wanted to support. We’re regularly involved in the community with different charities. We just added these organizations due to response to the pandemic. We will continue to support them and other causes the best we can.
Two Men and a Spa Dolly participated in Hubbard Radio’s Deserving Delivery program, providing 100 meals delivered by Imo’s Pizza to frontline workers at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.
While TMSD has not been able to participate in any new community outreach events since May, we’ve been supporting our community in a few ways. Our expanded growth has allowed us to partner with an array of local businesses to improve our facilities, enhance our vehicle fleet and even renovate our showroom. We want to ensure the security of local jobs and businesses, so we do cross-promotion through social media and word of mouth, even directing prospective customers to competitors if there’s a service (i.e., building a swimming pool) we’re unable to fulfill. Finally, we celebrate all frontline workers with discounts, recognition and VIP treatment. It’s important to do whatever we can to show our appreciation and keep our community thriving during this unsettled time.
Nichole Larmie, social media manager, Two Men and a Spa Dolly
Strong Spas Northumberland, Pennsylvania
In May, Strong Spas donated 3,000 disposable surgical masks to the Williamsport Branch YMCA Child Care Center for both the Williamsport and Loyalsock locations to use. Since May, the YMCA Childcare Program has been offering care for children of essential workers.
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