Here at Sprigs, we were lucky. The worst that happened to any of us is one person lost power. She got it back before the end of the week; much quicker than many people in Long Island, Staten Island, and New Jersey, some of whom still do not have electricity, heat and running water. And let’s not ignore the people who lost loved ones. So, yeah, we were among the fortunate; very fortunate.
We are fortunate in another way as well. Many small businesses want to help with the restoration efforts in the region, but feel they cannot. Small businesses often work on a shoestring budget and do not have money to support such efforts. While we are not so fortunate that we have an unlimited supply of cash, we are fortunate to be a manufacturer of goods in high demand.
We chose to donate through a grass-roots organization helping the residents of Long Beach, New York – one of the hardest hit regions. We opted to work with a grass roots organization because they could get mittens on the hands of people needing them the very same day we made our donation. We chose Long Beach because as a company that started in New York, it holds a dear place in our hearts, but also because of a more pragmatic reason – we could get mittens on the hands of people rebuilding Long Beach the very same day we donated them.
To date we have donated:
- 300 fleece gloves (multimitts and perfect fit gloves)
- 100 pair earbags bandless earmuffs
- 25 infinity scarves
- 25 head/neck warmers
- Large pieces of warm soft fleece that was used in making our products to be used as blankets
Now that things have settled down a bit, it has become clear what we were able to do is just a drop in the bucket. People still desperately need blankets. If you are a blanket manufacturer, we call upon you to donate as much product as you reasonably can. If you manufacture fleece clothing and have excess fabric, cut it into 80″x90″ blankets and donate them. Finally, if you are with a grass roots organization in one of the effected areas and need gloves, mittens, hats or Earbags, contact us. Our ability to donate is not unlimited so we cannot make any promises, but we want to help as much as we can.