The Lakewood/Long Beach PPE-Up achieved incredible turnout! The PPE-Up event turned out to be our largest event so far, serving just under 900 businesses/organizations and supporting over 12,000 workers. We distributed more supplies than we ever have before - two whole truckloads with over 1 million face masks and additional sanitizer and shields. All of which was organized and put together astoundingly in just under a week and a half!
The event, held at the Lakewood Center, had lines stretching throughout the parking lots at the southend of the mall with close to 30 staff and volunteers contributing to the effort. Lynda Johnson, Field Deputy from Supervisor Janice Hahn's Office and various Councilpersons from Lakewood's city council made their presence felt by showing up to support this momentous cause.
Thanks to the City of Lakewood & the Lakewood Center
We worked closely with the City of Lakewood to launch this one-of-a-kind initiative to help their local communities and small businesses in need. Private partners include Maserich, who were generous to donate their site at the mall for the event, and the Gateway Chamber Alliance comprising of Norwalk, Whittier, Cerritos, South Gate, who helped coordinate outreach to all local organizations.
“This is going to be a massive event for [PPE Unite] and we're really proud of that,” said Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers. “We are really happy to see the support coming to our small businesses here in the City of Lakewood.”
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Does Their Part
Thanks to Jose Luis Solache, President of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, for helping us coordinate and organize this massive event in such short order. Jose and other local Chambers from Norwalk, Whittier, South Gate all rolled up their sleeves in the front lines to participate in this extraordinary effort in the southern Gateway region.
"This pandemic has taken a toll on all of our small businesses, so much that hundreds of them have had to shut their doors indefinitely throughout L.A. County,” said Jose Luis Solache, President of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. “Partnering with PPE Unite to provide our small businesses with equipment that can help them stay open a little longer while we all wait for everything to open back up to 100 percent capacity, was significant. It was a no-need-to-ask-us-twice moment and we were beyond humbled to be able to facilitate this giveaway for small businesses in our great City.”
Oh ya, we don't want to forget our special guests. Thank you to the Miss Greater Lakewood Princesses for volunteering and blessing us with their presence.