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LMC spotlights dealer community efforts

By HBSDealer Staff - 04/22/2020
LMC, the Wayne, Pa.-based lumber and building materials buying group, has provided an inside look at how some of its dealer members are helping their communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Opdyke Lumber delivers N95 face masks to New York hospitals.

Opdyke Lumber Co. in Frenchtown, N.J., recently helped provide thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to local hospitals. President Jack Opdyke was contacted by a good friend of his, Jeff Ryan of Leaf Logistics.

“I’ve known Jeff for years”, says Opdyke. “He’s an incredible logistics guy, he can get anything… by ship, by rail, by everything. Jeff told me he was able to acquire 20,000 N95 masks and wanted to donate them to hospitals in New York City, but he needed a truck for delivery. I told him we would help."

Opdyke’s son, John jumped behind the wheel of one of the company trucks and drove to pick up the masks. After calling ahead to make arrangements, John and Jeff stopped at six different New York City hospitals on April 11th where they were greeted by some very thankful medical workers. The hospital workers met them outside and helped unload the much needed masks.

“All I did was provide the truck,” says Opdyke. “John was gone all day long with Jeff and they were the ones who really made it happen. I’m just glad I could help.”

Mid-Cape Home Centers shows its support for area medical personnel.

Mid-Cape Home Centers in South Dennis, Mass. led a display of appreciation on April 16 for medical workers outside Cape Cod Hospital. The Mid-Cape trucks, one wrapped for First Responder appreciation, another for Military Veterans and the third being a large boom truck, hoisted flags and thank you banners, flashed lights and played motivational music to show support for and put a smile on the faces of their local medical staff.

"The display of appreciation took place because all of the Mid-Cape team members recognize the medical staff here in our community as heroes, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but every single day. They are proud to be able to show support for these tremendously brave, selfless, caring people, putting their lives on the line to help the Cape Cod region come out of this pandemic stronger than before," the company said.

Alki Lumber provides lunch for grocery store employees.

Alki Lumber recently teamed up with one its contractors to help some of Seattle’s frontline workers. On April 10, Alki and one of its long-time customers, STS Construction, provided lunch for all the employees at two local grocery stores.

Grocery store workers are considered essential employees during the coronavirus outbreak and they have been working hard every day without the luxury of being able to shelter at home, Alki Lumber said.

Alki and STS Construction wanted to lend a hand so they bought the bagged lunches from Husky Deli and drove the meals straight to the stores where the workers were overjoyed. 100 bagged lunches were handed out as a way to say thank you. The grocery store workers even sent a thank you letter which you can read below:

“To our local neighbors and businesses, Alki Lumber, STS Construction, & Husky Deli,
We’d like to give you guys a huge THANK YOU for pitching in to provide our staff lunches last week. Not only was it a great gesture for us, but also supporting local business at its best!  Husky Deli, Alki Lumber, and STS Construction are an iconic West Seattle business and all of you are great examples of what we all strive to be. We announced the gesture over our intercom system a few times throughout the day to cheers from customers and staff!  We can’t thank you enough, and kudos for thinking of such a great way to contribute and it made our day here at the store as well. 
                                THANK YOU ALL, you’re awesome!
                                From all of us here at West Seattle Thriftway”

Alki plans on donating more lunches in the future.

Thanks to hospital staff from Builders' General.

In New Jersey, Builders' General is also stepping up to help by donating lunches and dinners to medical workers. Over the past two weeks, Builders General has dropped off 150 meals at three different New Jersey medical centers. It’s their way of saying thank you to the medical community for its tireless efforts on the front lines.

Phil Shaheen, President of Builders General says you can see how extremely grateful and thankful the medical workers are when he drops off the meals. Shaheen plans on doing more meal deliveries as soon as he can arrange it.

Koopman Lumber donates N95 masks.

Koopman Lumber and Hardware of Whitinsville, Mass.is pitching in to help first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. The company has made two donations of N95 masks in the past month. On March 19, they received a shipment of masks that were meant for their store shelves. Instead, Koopman immediately reached out to hospitals and first responders and the masks were sent to local health care facilities.

On April 9, Koopman handed off 500 N95 protective masks to the Uxbridge Police and Fire Departments. Both departments said Koopman’s act of kindness will allow them to safely continue to provide services to the community.


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