LOS ANGELES, CA — Western San Fernando Valley will get a helping hand battling the coronavirus outbreak thanks to the donation of 3,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to be distributed to vulnerable communities such as homeless people, first responders and the elderly.
Councilman Bob Blumenfield announced plans Tuesday to distribute the hand sanitizer donated by Best Formulations Inc. to the West San Fernando Valley. The Valley has been hard hit by the outbreak. The case count as of Tuesday morning was 2,142 in North Hollywood, 364 in Encino, 655 in Sherman Oaks, 813 in Winnetka, 457 in Chatsworth, 473 in Tarzana, 193 in Calabasas, 100 in Agoura Hills, 598 in Woodland Hills, 181 in Studio City, 72 in Toluca Lake, 1,160 in North Hills, and 932 in Northridge.
"Hand sanitizer is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19, and I am grateful to Best Formulations for making this generous donation," Blumenfield said. "Along with the face masks that I have been giving to constituents and the (COVID-19) education campaign I have been mounting, these bottles of sanitizer will help remind people of what they need to do to stay safe and will make it easier for them to do it."
Best Formulations Inc., which traditionally manufactures vitamins, supplements and pharmaceutics, recently retooled its machinery to make more hand sanitizer, Blumenfield said.
As part of the company's "Project WAWU (We are With You)," it pledged to donate up to 100,000 bottles to be distributed throughout the region to vulnerable sites.
"We were fortunate to quickly pivot our core business into producing high-quality hand sanitizer in support of first responders and at-risk populations during these trying times. Partnering with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield helps us reach those in dire need, keeping our LA communities safe and healthy," Best Formulations CEO Eugene Ung said.
Using his office's Emergency Preparedness Community Action Team, Blumenfield said the sanitizer will be disbursed to constituents, the homeless, first responders, seniors and others at events and through local organizations.
City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.