David Ortiz and ThinkLite help mask up the Army
This summer, the Salvation Army’s Camp Wonderland in Sharon, Mass., will have some help from Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz and ThinkLite, a local leader in lighting technology.
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund and ThinkLite donated 300,000 masks to Camp Wonderland as it prepares to welcome children back after being closed in 2020 due to COVID–19. Kids from the New England area are eager to return to the outdoor summer fun that Camp Wonderland has provided since it opened its doors in 1924. Every precaution is being taken to keep campers healthy, even as COVID–19 vaccines become more available and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxes safety regulations for children.
In addition to the masks, ThinkLite will donate products such as their Icon Air Healer, Flair Indoor Air Quality Monitor, and 100 UVC Wands. The Air Healer will provide air purification inside the camp’s dining hall. The monitor will inform counselors of the air quality inside the rooms. UVC Wands will allow the staff to sanitize sleeping cabins and activity areas. These are steps taken that were unimaginable before COVID–19 but are now crucial in maintaining a healthy camp environment.
“We’re preparing to welcome youth back to overnight camp for the first time since before the pandemic. Our goal is to provide them with a summer to remember while keeping them healthy and safe,” says Jen Forster, Camp Wonderland director. “We have been busy getting camp ready to meet COVID safety protocols that need to be in place for this summer, and we are incredibly thankful for this donation.”
Masks will also be distributed to the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) throughout the Commonwealth and the Eastern Territory. These masks will help EDS’s volunteers, survivors, and frontline responders. EDS has remained active during the pandemic by serving over 21 million meals between March 2020 and January 2021.
Partners in safety
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which helps provide cardiac health services in New England and the Dominican Republic, Ortiz’s home country, saw this donation as an opportunity to help two important ministries of The Salvation Army.
“It is imperative that we give back to vital organizations like The Salvation Army. It has cared for so many of us during this difficult time. We are honored to make this generous donation together with ThinkLite,” says Ortiz. “We were excited for this camp opportunity to bring happiness to children and to our frontline Emergency Disaster Services volunteers while helping to keep them safe.”
Rick Granoff, vice president of Business Development at ThinkLite, said, “We are humbled to be able to partner with ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz and assist the staff of Camp Wonderland in providing the safest camping experience this summer.”
ThinkLite COO & CFO and Salvation Army Greater Boston Advisory Board member Danny Wadhwani stressed the importance of the tireless work that EDS has done during the pandemic.
“In times of disaster, The Salvation Army is a trusted responder. Whether it’s a fire or feeding, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services can meet immediate needs without discrimination. Over the past year, we have all seen firsthand how this is an organization that is doing the most good and needs our support,” says Wadhwani.
by Heather MacFarlane and Hugo Bravo
For more information on Camp Wonderland, visit www.campwonderland.org.
For more information on the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, visit davidortizchildrensfund.org.
For more information on ThinkLite, visit www.ThinkLite.org