Barton and Kristina Henderson are donating and distributing PPE masks to food banks and nonprofits in five states to help keep front-line workers, volunteers and the community safer during COVID–19.
Last week, the Henderson were at Bader Field in Atlantic City to give away 20,000 masks to 2,200 families at a drive-through food distribution site in partnership with Community FoodBank of New Jersey and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
The Hendersons are co-owners of Henderson Promos, a nationwide promotional product supplier based in Red Bank. When the pandemic struck, the Hendersons utilized the supply chains they had in place overseas to begin much-needed PPE production. They quickly opened their own U.S. factory to avoid shipping delays.
The masked donated on Jan. 21 at Bader Field are part of the couple’s broader donation of 108,000+ masks from their factory in Santa Ana, California, to food banks and various nonprofits in New Jersey, New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The “Masking Up from Coast to Coast” campaign is being done in collaboration with the hunger relief nonprofit, Feeding America, to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
“Masks are expensive and for many Americans they simply are not in the budget,” said Barton Henderson, Esq., co-owner and chief business development officer at Henderson Promos.
“People who are struggling right now, out of work and finding it difficult to put food on the table for their children, will keep wearing dirty, disposable masks because they can’t afford to buy new ones,” he said.
Kristina Henderson, co-owner and CEO of Henderson Promos, said her business pivoted to PPE production at the onset of the pandemic because she and her husband saw the need for PPE firsthand.
“Nobody should be at greater risk of contracting or spreading the virus because they can’t afford clean masks,” said Kristina Henderson, who is also the current holder of the Mrs. New Jersey title.
“As the pandemic continues throughout the country, we are grateful for this donation of masks from Bart and Kristina Henderson for Feeding America food banks,” said Blake Thompson, chief supply chain officer for Feeding America.
“In addition to nourishment from the food boxes they receive, the people we serve will also receive masks to protect themselves and their families,” Thompson said.
The food banks and nonprofits that have received masks from the Hendersons include:
- CommunityFoodBankof New Jersey – Hillside, NJ – 20,000 masks
- Food Bank for New York City – New York, NY – 30,000 masks
- Island HarvestFoodBank– Bethpage, NY – 6,000 masks
- Long Island CaresFoodBank– Happauge, NY – 6,000 masks
- PhilabundanceFoodBank – Philadelphia, PA – 10,000 masks
- Second HarvestFoodBankof Orange County – Irvine, CA – 20,000 masks
- Food Bank of South Florida – Pembroke Pines, FL – 2,000 masks
- RWJ Barnabas Health Foundation – New Brunswick, NJ – 6,000 masks
- Police Departments in New Jersey – Middletown, Eatontown, and Berkeley – 800 masks
- New Jersey Department of Health (for psychiatric facilities) – 3,800 masks
- Ancora Psychiatric Hospital – 850 KN95 masks
- Monmouth County (NJ) Sheriff’s Department – 500 masks
- Monmouth County (NJ) SPCA – 100 masks
- FulfillFoodBankat the Jersey Shore – Neptune, NJ – 700 masks
- HABcore– Red Bank, NJ – 500 masks
- Lunch Break – Red Bank, NJ – 500 masks
- Tigger House Foundation – Red Bank, NJ – 500 masks