As communities across the country continue to grapple with the growing pandemic, many of the RV brands owned by THOR Industries are supporting health-care workers with critical supplies and mobile units to fight the spread of the virus.
“As the world faces the massive challenge of the pandemic, we view it as our obligation to stand in support of the fight against its spread and to be part of the solution,” said Bob Martin, THOR president and CEO. “On a daily basis, our management team meets to assess the situation and to identify and take necessary actions to help our communities where our team members and their families live. We are committed to emerge from this crisis and, along with the rest of the world, we will seize opportunities to contribute what we can to help life get back to normal. As we all know, the pandemic has caused global shortages of essential materials to fight its spread.
“THOR is focused on being a part of the solution where we can,” continued Martin. “Whether it be donations of face masks and other protective gear or the gifting of travel trailers to be used by those affected, including the brave and tireless people who are fighting for us all on the front lines, the THOR companies in the U.S. and in Europe have and will continue to heed the call to action. Furthermore, we stand united with our dealer partners who have taken action in their communities to provide RVs to various agencies, including but not limited to first responders and health-care facilities. I’m very proud to be associated with an industry which responds in moments of crisis and our subsidiaries who took action on their own to assist local agencies.”
A partial listing of the efforts by THOR companies to date includes:
Airstream: The brand has donated two NEST travel trailers for the Wilson Health medical team to use to conduct testing at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelby, Ohio. The site will be set up as a drive-through and a Wilson Health medical team will collect specimens from patients who have a physician order for a COVID-19 test to be performed.
Heartland RV: The towable RV manufacturer has donated critical supplies to Beacon Health System in Elkhart, delivering two pallets of supplies to Beacon’s incident command center inclusive of 400 face masks and 700 chemical protective suits.
Jayco: The RV manufacturer has donated several units, as well as safety glasses, face masks and vinyl gloves, to local health-care facilities and area first responders in South Bend and Goshen, Ind. The company gave two Seismic 4125 toy haulers to serve as additional space for pediatric immunizations outside of the clinic with the goal of keeping kids safe during the pandemic. Jayco also donated one unit to the Middlebury Fire Department to use as a quarantine space should one of the firefighters become infected.
Keystone RV: Keystone has donated supplies throughout its local Indiana community, including masks and protective suits for the Wakarusa Ambulance Department, masks for health-care professionals in a network of nursing homes in Northern Indiana, and sets of eye protection for Goshen Hospital. The company is also supporting their Pendleton, Ore., community by providing 400 masks to St. Anthony Hospital.
KZ RV: The towable RV manufacturer has raised funds to provide medical supplies to area hospitals. In addition, the company is partnering with Goshen General Hospital and other area businesses to produce reusable protective masks.
Thor Motor Coach: TMC has provided chemical protective suits and face masks to health-care workers in Elkhart and Goshen. The company also has donated fabric for its furloughed employees to make face masks, hoping to eliminate a future shortage in the area.