NPA launches industry effort to help retailers, communities recover from Hurricane Sandy
WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association last week launched an industry effort to help those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy through the creation of the NPA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. All donations to the fund can be made to the Natural Products Foundation at NaturalProductsFoundation.org/Sandy.
“We want to do what we can to help the victims who have suffered from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, whether they’re our fellow citizens or fellow NPA members," stated John Shaw, NPA executive director and CEO. "We urge any store owners who suffered damage from the storm to contact the national NPA office and let us know you need help,” he said. “If you know of a store that was damaged, even if it’s not your own, please contact us. We will make sure 100% of these donations go directly to the relief agencies or the NPA retailers in need.”
Contributions to the relief fund will be disbursed to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or NPA Retailer Relief, which will help NPA member retailers who sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy.
CastMedic Designs wins inventor competition on syndicated ‘Steve Harvey Show’
GAINESVILLE, Va. — CastMedic Designs was awarded $20,000 as the winner of the "Steve’s Top Inventor" competition on the nationally syndicated "Steve Harvey Show," the company announced last week.
The award-winning invention, chosen by Steve Harvey’s live studio audience, was designer fashion accessories for medical boots. Almost 4 million people in the U.S. will have surgery or sustain an injury and end up wearing a medical boot this year, noted company founder Christina Daves. "This first of its kind product is revolutionizing the medical industry by showing consumers that adding fashion to function when placed in bulky, unattractive medical devices brings a positive experience to the healing process," she noted.
Earlier this year, Daves was recognized as one of the Top 200 Leading Moms in Business by StartupNation.com, the company stated.
Prior to the airing of the competition, Daves appeared on "NBC Washington Mid-Day with Barbara Harrison." To view that segment, click here.
GSK donates $250,000 to American National Red Cross, pledges more support to Sandy victims
PHILADELPHIA &,dash; GlaxoSmithKline on Friday donated $250,000 to the American National Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. The company also is contributing $80,000 through the British Red Cross for relief efforts in the wider Caribbean region — specifically Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic — where Sandy initially made landfall.
"Our hearts go out to those who have experienced loss due to the storm," stated Deirdre Connelly, president of North America Pharmaceuticals. "We hope our support will help relief workers respond to their most pressing needs."
GSK is working to support directly its U.S. employees who have been seriously affected by the storm.
GSK is also matching dollar-for-dollar all employee contributions to the Red Cross and other relief organizations in the U.S.
The company is currently working through the process for an additional donation to support relief efforts in New Jersey.