Over the past few months, the Perrigo Company PLC has donated over 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to local hospitals and first responders facing urgent shortages. This past week, Glen Cove resident and Perrigo employee, Carlos Valverde, facilitated a donation of 6,528 bottles of hand sanitizers to the Glen Cove Police Department and an additional 6,528 to Glen Cove City Hall.
This is the second time that Perrigo was able to donate to the GCPD since the start of the pandemic. In April, when Perrigo Company learned of the hand sanitizer shortage, its team mobilized to formulate, produce and ship hand sanitizer within only a few weeks’ time.
Perrigo is manufacturing the hand sanitizer at its New York facility and the product is being delivered to hospitals and healthcare providers in West Michigan and the greater New York City area through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which determines the agencies most in need of the product. The Michigan State Police will also receive hand sanitizer donations to aid first responders in their work with the general public.
“The initiation of this welcomed gesture by Carlos and the Perrigo Company are just a small example of what makes Glen Cove a great and unique community,” said Sergeant Ryan Nardone, the Glen Cove PBA president. “Carlos, a Glen Cove native, resident and friend chose to utilize his professional capacity to ensure that he made a difference in Glen Cove. While Perrigo Company made donations to many larger organizations; Carlos ensured that they allotted sanitizer for The City of Glen Cove and our Police Department.”
“In these uncertain times, there are two things we know: wearing masks and keeping our hands clean and sanitized are proven to help stop the spread of Covid-19,” Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke said. “Thanks to Carlos and the generosity of Perrigo we have been able to continue following those proven guidelines.”