DutchCrafters and Partner Woodshops Take Action to Support Causes During Pandemic

Coconut Telegraph

SRQ DAILY MONDAY BUSINESS EDITION MONDAY MAY 4, 2020

When DutchCrafters’ Vice President Linse Miller found out the woodshop that builds the Amish Garden Furniture Collection was making personal-use hand-sewn facemasks available for purchase, she saw an opportunity to make a difference. The Amish furniture e-commerce retailer is selling the facemasks and giving the profits to All Faiths Food Bank to provide food to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The masks will help to protect people who are vulnerable to the virus,” said Miller, “and during a time when many people have lost their jobs and are dealing with food insecurity, we can help with donations to All Faiths Food Bank to support their mission.”

In late March as DutchCrafters’ employees were settling into working from home and shifting priorities to get the small Sarasota-based business through this crisis while tracking lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in the states where their company’s woodshops are located, they started hearing similar stories from several of those woodshops. When deciding on a charity to support with the profits from facemask sales, Miller found the choice easy to make. A non-profit incorporated in 1989, All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.

All Faiths’ Communications Manager Elodie McCartney Ward outlined via email how the organization is striving to meet the needs of the community, including:
· Providing pre-boxed and pre-bagged food via drive through mobile distributions.
· Partnering with school districts of the counties they serve to provide food, snacks and equipment.
· Working with other local non-profits to like Boys & Girls Club to provide supplemental food to families.
· Continuing to support their more than 60 partner agencies with pre-boxed and bagged food.

Click to purchase a 5-page of face masks benefitting All Faiths Food Bank.

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