When the Georgia Center for Nonprofits received a donation from UPS of tens of thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and masks, they reached out to community foundations across the state and asked who wanted a delivery. The CONNECTION, our online directory of Cobb and other nearby non-profits, made it easy for Cobb Community Foundation to immediately reach out to our CONNECTION partners. Thus began Operation Santa. Within a few days we received requests from 44 Cobb-based non-profits for 3,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 5,300 adult non-disposable masks, and 20,000 Disney masks for children.
MedShare handled all of the logistics, which in our case were many. Four pallets of hand sanitizer and masks had to be delivered to a location where they could be stored, packaged and picked up. For those of you who have been to visit us at our new office space, there was no room at the inn to store, sort or distribute so we changed gears and our team member, Cat Gankofskie, turned her garage into home base!
On Tuesday, December 22nd, MedShare delivered the pallets to her Kennesaw residence, and on December 23rd and 24th, Operation Santa distributed the PPE to 44 non-profits just in time for Christmas.
Special thanks to Georgia Center for Nonprofits for providing the presents, to MedShare for providing the sleigh, and to Graham and Zachary Washington and Paul and Matthew Gankofskie for being the elves who put together the packages to make Operation Santa a success!