DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) (“National Vision” or the “Company”), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eye care and eyewear, today announced that it donated 40,000 masks to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) following a call from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to assist healthcare workers in the state with supply of additional protective equipment.
The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency's Public Assistance Division works closely with local governments to administer critical federal dollars and supplies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“National Vision has been sourcing masks to assist with the eventual safe re-opening of our stores to the public,” said Reade Fahs, Chief Executive Officer of National Vision. “It is clear that personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed most urgently today by the health care workers in our hospitals treating those affected by the virus. We owe all these selfless heroes a great debt of gratitude, and the least we can do is to help them protect themselves as they care for people that are sick.”
National Vision temporarily closed all of its more than 1,100 retail locations to the public, and hopes to begin selectively re-opening stores in the coming weeks with enhanced safety protocols and a focus on serving patients and customers with urgent and emergency eye care needs.
“As we look to begin re-opening stores with a focus on serving patients and customers with urgent and emergency eye care needs, we will do so in a way that provides the appropriate PPE to protect optometrists and associates working in our stores as well as the patients and customers we serve,” said Fahs. “As we source those supplies for our team members across the country, we also plan to donate a portion of those supplies to communities in need.”
About National Vision Holdings, Inc.
National Vision Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with more than 1,100 retail stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With a mission of helping people by making quality eye care and eyewear more affordable and accessible, the company operates five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, Vista Opticals inside Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, and several e-commerce websites, offering a variety of products and services for customers’ eye care needs. For more information, please visit www.nationalvision.com.
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