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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Coty Donates Hand Sanitizer to Sanford Police and Fire Departments


Coty’s Sanford manufacturing facility donated several cases of hydro-alcoholic gel, which is used as hand sanitizer, to first responders on April 6, including to the Sanford Police Department and Sanford Fire Department.

Known globally for its skin care products, nail polish, and fragrances, Coty is one of the largest employers in Lee County. The company announced last week that it would begin manufacturing hydro-alcoholic gel to help in the fight against coronavirus.

Yesterday, Coty distributed tens of thousands of bottles of the sanitizer to local and regional hospitals, police departments, fire departments, and other first line responders.

“We are proud to do our small part to help in the fight against COIVD-19,” says Enric Pratt Codina, Coty’s Sanford plant general manager.

“I am very grateful to Coty for their innovation and ability to pivot from their regular operations to one where they can contribute to the welfare of our citizens,” says Sanford Mayor Chet Mann. “Their sanitizing product is greatly appreciated and provided at a time where Sanford’s public safety men and women need it most.” 

The donation will help local emergency responders protect against and help slow the spread of COVID-19 as they respond to calls, says Ken Cotten, deputy fire chief for the Sanford Fire Department. “Our firefighters are constantly responding to emergency situations and sanitizer plays a big part in keeping everyone healthy.”

“It is extremely important for our officers to have the appropriate personal protective equipment for the situations they encounter each day,” says Jamie Thomas, assistant police chief for the Sanford Police Department. “When they are protected, they are also protecting everyone they come into contact with.”

Both departments expressed their gratitude for Coty’s donation as sanitizing supplies have become scarce across the country. Vendors for both the fire and police departments haven’t been able to replenish their sanitizer supply.

Coty expects to produce and donate tens of thousands of units of the hydro-alcoholic gel each week. The gel is earmarked for medical and emergency services staff as well as pharmacy staff at some retail customers.

“I am very proud of how our business community is stepping up to fight the pandemic here in Sanford,” Mann says. “Thank you to Coty for helping us remain vigilant and save lives.”

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