G&G Garments, Jack Martin Fund Donate 8,000 Respirator Masks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

G&G Garments and the Jack Martin Fund are teaming to donate 8,000 N95 respirator masks to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
The garment manufacturer, which produces private-label apparel found in retailers such as Macy’s, Dillard’s and Nordstrom, among others, is working with the Jack Martin Fund to obtain the respirator masks from its overseas suppliers and manufacturing partners.
The company is also developing 1,000 headbands — which make wearing masks more comfortable — for the hospital’s frontline workers.
G&G Garments president Glenn Reisender embarked on this initiative because he “felt it’s my civic duty and obligation to help out during the pandemic. With so many strong connections to suppliers and manufacturers overseas, I knew we could make a difference to those on the frontlines.”
The Jack Martin Fund also has a close connection with Mount Sinai, as its supported the hospital for 70 years.
G&G Garments is also importing and selling other essential supplies such as gloves, face shields, hospital gowns, shoe covers, hand sanitizer and infrared thermometers.
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Nike Leaders, Nike Donate $15 Million to Fight COVID-19

NIKE’S TEAM EFFORT: To help fight the coronavirus pandemic, Nike Inc. leaders and the company’s foundation are donating more than $ 15 million to support communities where Nike employees live and work.
The mega brand’s home state of Oregon saw its biggest one-day spike in cases Tuesday, according to state and county officials. Gov. Kate Brown has ordered that schools remain closed through April 28. As the state’s second largest employer behind Intel, Nike has about 12,000 workers in the state. A good amount of the $ 15 million of the Nike-led donations will benefit local communities.
Nike cofounder and chairman emeritus Phil Knight and his wife Penny, executive vice chairman Mark Parker and his wife Kathy, and president and chief executive officer John Donahoe and his wife Eileen are donating a combined amount of $ 10 million.
The distribution of their funds will include $ 1 million to the Oregon Food Bank, $ 2 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund that has been set up by the Oregon Community Foundation and $ 7 million to the Oregon Health & Science University to bolster statewide care coordination in Oregon, to increase patient access and ramp up operational readiness for expanded diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
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Farfetch Teams With Thrift+ to Encourage Customers to Donate Unwanted Clothes

LONDON — Farfetch is forging ahead with its sustainability agenda and joining forces with Thrift+, one of the start-ups within its Dream Assembly mentorship program, to offer its customers an easy, fuss-free way of donating unwanted clothes and promote circular fashion.
Thrift+ offers an on-demand donation service, where customers can put up unwanted clothes for sale, with two-thirds of the proceeds going toward a charity of their choice and Farfetch credit to spend, while the rest covers Thrift+ costs. Customers can also opt out of receiving Farfetch credit and choose to donate their third to their charity of choice.
The service will only be made available to the U.K.
“We know our consumers would like an easy way to clear their wardrobes of unused items and at the same time, they would like to feel positive about it. Thrift+ and Farfetch links our customer base with an innovative service that improves the donation experience and has a positive impact by giving good quality clothes another useful life and supporting multiple charities,” said Thomas Berry, director of sustainable business at Farfetch.
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Louie V Gutta Teams With PNB Rock, AR-AB, Quilly & More To Donate School Supplies To Philly Youth

(AllHipHop News) Philadelphia rapper Louie V Gutta and his cousin Chris Smalls are giving back to the city. The duo teamed with fellow Philly natives PNB Rock, AR-AB, Quilly, Crown Bella, Nasty Na, and Prince Leem for a back-to-school supply giveaway.

The free event taking place at 7th & Huntingdon Streets includes performances from the artists. Students will also have access to 1,000 book bags, food, games, prizes, and more.

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Leaders In Nepal To Donate 1-Month Salary To Earthquake Relief Efforts

Government officials in Nepal and India are digging into their own pockets to help alleviate devastation caused by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that rattled the region on Saturday.

During a Constituent Assembly meeting on Monday in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, all legislators agreed to donate the equivalent of one-month salary to relief efforts, Ekantipur reported. According to the outlet, that’s about $ 41.4 million Nepalese rupees — more than $ 400,000.

In India, Nepal’s neighbor to the south, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday a similar effort was being made among Indian officials, ANI reported.

“As a parliamentary minister, I proposed that we should all contribute one-month of our salary for rehabilitation program in Nepal and the affected states in India,” he said, noting all political parties unanimously agreed, according to ANI. “The entire house joined together in expressing solidarity to the people affected in the Nepal earthquake.”

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A man holds the hand of a Nepalese child injured in the earthquake at a hospital in Pokhara on April 27. (Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents line up for food in an evacuation area set up by authorities in Tundhikel Park on April 27. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)

Indian Muslims offer prayers for victims of Nepal’s earthquake in Ahmadabad, India, on April 27. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

According to the Associated Press, more than 4,000 were killed in the earthquake, which was the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years. The disaster resulted in the deadliest day ever on Mt. Everest, NBC News reported.

Several international aid groups — including the American Red Cross, UNICEF and Save the Children — are aiming to save lives and provide crucial resources to those affected.

“We are in the process of mobilizing resources and figuring out how to get them in,” Jana Sweeny, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, told The Huffington Post. She noted the humanitarian group is working with the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Nepal Red Cross Society to best serve Nepalese victims. “We are looking at what resources we can provide them in terms of specialists or supplies and financial support.”

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Why Won’t the FDA Let Me Donate Blood?

I have type O-negative blood; I am what’s called a “universal donor.” My blood is the most sought-after because no matter what type of blood you have, you can receive O-negative blood. For that reason, in the event of an emergency, first responders bring O-negative blood to the scene.

I was in New York City on 9/11, and blood banks, which were inundated by people who wanted to donate, would only accept O-negative blood.

I am a happily married man; we’ve been together for seven years, and we are monogamous and happy. We live in a row house with a porch swing and a white fence; we volunteer in our communities; we both work in the public interest.

Our nation is facing a major blood shortage, “one of the worst [shortages] that the Red Cross has seen,” according to the Red Cross.

But a blood bank won’t take my blood, because they can’t. I am a gay man, and the FDA forbids it.

I tell this to my straight friends, and they can’t believe it, but it’s true. According to the FDA:

Having had a low number of partners is known to decrease the risk of HIV infection. However … [the FDA has been unable to] reliably identify a subset of MSM (e.g., based on monogamy or safe sexual practices) who do not still have a substantially increased rate of HIV infection compared to the general population or currently accepted blood donors.

You heard that right: Despite being in a seven-year monogamous relationship, I am still, somehow, at a higher risk of contracting HIV.

Recently, an FDA advisory panel considered walking back that prohibition by proposing a rule that would have allowed gay men to donate blood if they abstained from sex for one year. By their logic, if I stopped sleeping with my husband for 365 days, my risk for HIV would be magically reduced and I would be allowed me to donate blood.

The lack of logic, on its face, is mind-boggling, especially when you consider that both the American Red Cross and the American Medical Association have said that the ban is scientifically outdated and unnecessary.

But this is far more than just a policy relic that is caught in the slow churn of bureaucratic regulatory reform. No, this is of course another in a litany of double standards that the LGBT community faces.

Heterosexuals (regardless of their character) can serve in the military, but the LGBT community had to fight for our right to fight (and die) for our country. Heterosexuals (regardless of their character) can marry (and divorce) in all 50 states; the LGBT community has had to push — state by state, one by one — for our right to commit to the person we love. Heterosexuals (regardless of their character) can adopt; same-sex couples can jointly petition to adopt statewide in only 23 states and D.C.

On 9/11, after the towers fell to ash, I approached Second Avenue, headed toward the New York Blood Center. There were no cars on the streets, just thousands of people making a slow exodus north to their homes. The line to give blood was three blocks long.

Standing on the corner of 67th Street, I faced one of the most acute moral quandaries I’ve yet to confront: Do I lie about my identity to help my fellow brothers and sisters, or do I stay true to myself and know that the Red Cross would, by law, dispose of my blood?

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The FDA recently rejected the Advisory Panel’s one-year-abstinence recommendation and elected to keep the permanent ban in place.

One of the doctors who voted for the ongoing ban clearly found the debate to be an irritant; she was quoted complaining that “[i]t sounds to me like we’re talking about policy and civil rights….”

Damn right. And no policy should force me to lie so I can give back.
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