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Fort Worth Chamber Joins Forces with Fort Worth groups to Support Fort Worth Businesses with PPE Needs

Posted on: 05/01/2020

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FORT WORTH, TX - Personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and several Fort Worth groups have joined forces to get as much of it as possible into the hands of local business owners.

Protect the Fort, a combined effort by the City of Fort Worth’s Economic Development Department, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and Visit Fort Worth will launch its PPE initiative on Monday, May 4, with the financial support of Facebook.

“Small businesses are essential to the local economy, and we are pleased to partner with the other great organizations assembled to Protect the Fort and support PPE supplies for local businesses in our Fort Worth community,” said Matt Sexton, community development regional manager, Facebook. “Fort Worth is our home, and we hope that this effort will help small businesses safely begin the process of resuming operations after dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Facebook has been part of the Fort Worth community since 2015 when they broke ground on their 2.5 million square foot data center.

With Governor Greg Abbott’s recent announcement of Phase One to open the Texas economy, Protect the Fort aims to prioritize the health and safety of our communities and businesses as they begin to reopen and get back to work.

“We support Governor Abbott in his dedication to reopening the Texas economy,” said Brandom Gengelbach, President of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, “That’s why we’re committed to getting these items to our local businesses as fast as we can. The sooner we can get these supplies to our business owners, the sooner they can provide protection to their employees and start operating again."

A limited supply of PPE will be available beginning Monday, May 4. Business owners can place orders and select a pick up time at the link below:

http://business.fortworthchamber.com/events/details/protect-the-fort-ppe-drive-13244

Available items include:

  • KN95 face masks
  • Gloves: Foodservice grade, powder free, single use only
  • 8 oz. spray hand sanitizer
  • 8 oz. gel hand sanitizer

These items will help Fort Worth businesses return to work safely, once they are ready.

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About the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, with 1,700 member businesses, is one of the largest chambers in the North Texas region. Through its core functions of business attraction and retention, talent development, small business and entrepreneur support, and government advocacy, the Chamber’s vision is to drive the Fort Worth region to be the most thriving, inviting community for all. Contact the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce at (817) 338-2491 or visit http://www.fortworthchamber.com/.

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