Bell and Giro, major providers of outdoor sports and recreation products, today announced the donation of 3,194 protective goggles to America’s frontline healthcare workers combatting the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. The goggles, held and distributed at Vista Outdoor’s Rantoul, Illinois manufacturing and distribution facility, will be delivered to hospitals and other public health facilities in 18 states and 41 different health care facilities.
“Our Bell and Giro products are designed first and foremost to keep people safe, whether they are commuting to work or recreating in the outdoors. In light of the ongoing pandemic, our products are now proving to be an essential element for health care workers responding to the unprecedented public health crisis the world faces as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Sword, President of Bell + Giro. “This personal protective equipment or PPE can help doctors, nurses, and other first responders focus on what they do best, and where they are needed most. Bell + Giro, and the entire Vista Outdoor family is indebted to our country’s medical professionals, and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them.”
The donation was done in coordination with Goggles for Docs, a newly formed organization that gets ski, mountain bike, and motorcycle goggles into the hands of healthcare workers who currently have no eye protection as they treat COVID-19 patients. The organization was created by members of the ski and snowboard industry after reading various reports that goggles had turned into valuable personal protective equipment for health care workers. More than 13,000 goggles have been donated thus far. For more, please visit their website at: https://www.gogglesfordocs.com/