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Lazarus Naturals, makers of effective, affordable CBD products, has converted production space to make and distribute hand sanitizer to customers, healthcare and correctional institutions. Ten percent of all sanitizer produced by the company will be donated to food banks and homeless shelters in Portland, Seattle and Central Oregon, where Lazarus Naturals hemp farms are located. The move will supply the hard-to-find product to essential employees in cities like Seattle, where the COVID-19 outbreak first took hold in the U.S. earlier this year. Lazarus Naturals hand sanitizing spray contains 80 percent alcohol to naturally kill 99.9 percent of germs and is free of synthetic fragrances, phthalates, parabens or SLS.
“This is the time to step up and make a difference in our community. We have an obligation to do what we can to help those who lack resources and have a higher risk factor,” says Sequoia Price Lazarus, chief executive officer at Lazarus Naturals. “We’re proud to help those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are happy to see so many other organizations also supporting our communities.”
Some of the Portland nonprofits receiving hand sanitizer donations include JOIN PDX, My Father’s House, Oregon Food Bank, Portland Rescue Mission and Transition Projects. In Seattle, the Ballard Food Bank, FareStart, Mary’s Place and Union Gospel Mission, among others, received shipments. The Redemption House in Prineville and The Giving Plate and Bethlehem Inn in Bend were a few of the Central Oregon recipients.
Lazarus has partnered with Seattle retailer PCC Community Markets to provide free hand sanitizer for the employees working in its 13 stores, and to donate to some of its nonprofit partners through the PCC Food Bank Program. A donation also went to New Seasons Market’s Hunger Relief program which selected three organizations to distribute hand sanitizer to, including p:ear and HomePlate, which provide services to homeless youth, as well as Meals on Wheels People. “These donations may make the difference between life and death for our seniors, homeless youth, and those who support them and we are grateful and proud to have Lazarus Naturals as a partner. I am unaware of anyone else in the CBD industry doing this level of work to support people in need,” said Claudia Knotek, philanthropy manager at New Seasons Market.
Free CBD for essential front-line workers
Recognizing the long hours and stressful work conditions that essential workers in healthcare, restaurants and grocery stores have endured, Lazarus Naturals is also giving away free CBD care packages. To-date, the company has delivered 2,000 care packages through these efforts and plans to provide 6,000 more to other front-line workers in the coming weeks. Essential workers who would like to request one of the care packages can complete a form at LazarusNaturals.com.