Bell and Giro Brands Announce Donation of 3,194 Pairs of Goggles to Healthcare Professionals on Front Lines of COVID-19 Response
April 6, 2020
Scotts Valley, CA, April 6, 2020 – Bell and Giro, major providers of outdoor sports and recreation products, today announced the donation of 3,194 protective goggles to America’s frontline healthcare workers combatting the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. The goggles, held and distributed at Vista Outdoor’s Rantoul, Illinois manufacturing and distribution facility, will be delivered to hospitals and other public health facilities in 18 states and 41 different health care facilities.
“Our Bell and Giro products are designed first and foremost to keep people safe, whether they are commuting to work or recreating in the outdoors. In light of the ongoing pandemic, our products are now proving to be an essential element for health care workers responding to the unprecedented public health crisis the world faces as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Sword, President of Bell + Giro. “This personal protective equipment, or PPE can help doctors, nurses, and other first responders focus on what they do best, and where they are needed most. Bell + Giro, and the entire Vista Outdoor family is indebted to our country’s medical professionals, and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them.”
The donation was done in coordination with Goggles for Docs, a newly formed organization that gets ski, mountain bike, and motorcycle goggles into the hands of healthcare workers who currently have no eye protection as they treat COVID-19 patients. The organization was created by members of the ski and snowboard industry after reading various reports that goggles had turned into valuable personal protective equipment for health care workers. More than 13,000 goggles have been donated thus far. For more, please visit their website at: https://www.gogglesfordocs.com/
About Giro: Founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1985, Giro Sport Design is a leader in the design, fit and engineering of innovative products that complement the body and enhance the rider’s experience. From the first lightweight, high-performance helmets for cycling and snowsports, to category-leading apparel, footwear and accessories, Giro is committed to being the first choice of riders because we understand that riding is the best part of a great life. That’s why we do what we do. So as long as riders keep striving for better, we’ll keep making the gear that gets them there. www.giro.com
About Bell: Founded in the 1950s California hot rod scene, and now protecting the heads of champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world, Bell is synonymous with protection and progression. Based in Scotts Valley, Calif., Bell is the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bicycle and motorcycle helmets and accessories. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com.
About Vista Outdoor Inc.:
Vista Outdoor is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provide consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold direct and at leading retailers and distributors worldwide.