Categories: Charitable Giving

National Pen Donates Over 60,000 Face Masks Globally

Our local communities mean the world to us at National Pen, and we’re so thankful to have the opportunity to give back. To date, we’ve donated over 60,000 face masks and other products globally to organizations in the locations where we have facilities, including San Diego, California, Shelbyville, Tennessee, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Dundalk, Ireland, and Tijuana, Mexico.

National Pen President & CEO, Peter Kelly, says,

“Supporting communities in all locations where we operate is of the utmost importance to us, and we are honored to be able to assist charitable and volunteer organizations who are working to protect some of the most vulnerable in our communities during this unprecedented time. At National Pen, throughout the coming months we will continue to donate face masks and other products to community organizations to support them in the fight against COVID-19 and we sincerely thank them for the great work they are doing in response to the pandemic.”

Read more about the specific stories from each of our locations.

San Diego, California

Back, left to right: Megan Moses, Lead, Volunteer Services, Robert Page, Manager, Volunteer Services & Jill Moore, Assistant, Volunteer Services
Front, left to right: Dana Sobotka, National Pen Vice President, Digital Marketing & Sandy Costanzo, National Pen Human Resources Director

The focus of our San Diego donations so far have been on pens, as many organizations need them for both patients and employees filling out paperwork. In recent weeks, the team donated pens to San Diego VA (Veterans Affairs) Hospital, the San Diego Fire Department, and Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Our donation of 1,000 pens to Sharp Memorial Hospital was especially meaningful, as our very own Vice President of Digital Marketing, Dana Sobtka, was treated at Sharp Hospital. You can read more about the story here.

Shelbyville, Tennessee

April Wilson, SCHRA Meals Site Director, Sara Brown, SCHRA Program Director/Deputy Executive Director & Tammy Parker, National Pen Senior HR Manager

In Tennessee, we donated masks to two Shelbyville community organizations, the South Central Human Resource Agency and the C.R.O.S.S Shelter Project.

Senior HR Manager Tammy Parker delivered 2,000 face masks to the South Central Human Resource Agency where they were received by SCHRA Meals Site Director April Wilson and Program Director/Deputy Executive Director Sara Brown who told us the masks would help them to continue safely serving the seniors in Shelbyville through their Senior Nutrition Program. The goal of the SCHRA Senior Nutrition program is to provide persons aged 60+ a hot, nutritious lunch in a group setting or delivered to their homes. They strive to improve the quality of life for the elderly by providing personal contact and socialization for the seniors in the Shelbyville community and serve counties Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, and Wayne.

Tammy Parker, National Pen Senior HR Manager & Brenda Knight, C.R.O.S.S. Managing Director

Tammy also delivered over 1,000 masks to C.R.O.S.S, a shelter for homeless people in Shelbyville, where C.R.O.S.S. managing director Brenda Knight accepted the donation.

Dundalk, Ireland

Barry Kane, IRC Community Support Officer

After beginning a partnership in April with the Irish Red Cross, the donations from National Pen now total 15,000 face masks and hundreds of antimicrobial pens.

Our blog post on the donation further details our partnership with the IRC.

In addition to face masks, National Pen has also donated pens to the HSE COVID-19 testing center in Dundalk, and we plan to continue donating face masks, pens, PPE, and other products over the coming months to community organizations, charities, and healthcare institutions.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jacqueline Wilson, St. James Infirmary Matron & Susan Cameron, National Pen HR Manager

National Pen donated 2,500 face masks each to the two main infirmaries in the Montego Bay area, St. James Infirmary and Trelawny Infirmary. HR Manager Susan Cameron delivered the face masks to St James Infirmary where they were received by Matron Jacqueline Wilson.

Of the donation Jacqueline Wilson said,

“This donation will go a far way to help us care for our residents. People have to be safe in our current environment and this donation of 2,500 masks will definitely take us far in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at our facility… On behalf of the St. James Municipal Corporation, St. James Infirmary residents, and employees, I want to send a big Thank You to the National Pen team.”

Susan Cameron, National Pen HR Manager & Tracey-Ann McGishan, Trelawny Infirmary Matron

Susan also delivered face masks to Trelawny Infirmary where they were received by Matron Tracey-Ann McGishan, who also thanked the National Pen team and said the masks would “play a vital role in keeping the Trelawny Infirmary family safe.” 

Tijuana, Mexico

Jose Mondragon, Nursing Home El Refugio Director General & Andres Cuevas, Pluma Nacional Lead Security Guard

In April, the team completed Pluma Nacional’s first donation of 1,000 face masks to Nursing Home El Refugio where they were accepted by Director General Jose Mondragon. National Pen plans to donate more face masks to community organizations and charities in Tijuana and also plans to donate PPE equipment to hospitals and healthcare facilities in this region.

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About National Pen Company

National Pen Company is a world-class provider of promotional products that help businesses market themselves and increase customer loyalty. National Pen currently operates global facilities across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and is part of the Cimpress family. Read more about National Pen.

Read more about National Pen Company’s response to COVID-19 in a message from CEO Peter Kelly and find more resources for small business at Pens.com, including the new Health and Safety Product collection.

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