PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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% alcohol to naturally kill 99.9% 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 non-profits 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, Fare Start, Mary's Place, and Union Gospel Mission, among others, received shipments. The Redemption House in Prineville, Oregon and The Giving Plate and Bethlehem Inn in Bend, Oregon were a few of the Central Oregon recipients.
Lazarus has partnered with Seattle retailer PCC to provide free hand sanitizer for the employees working in its 13 stores, and to donate to its non-profit 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.
About Lazarus Naturals
Founded in 2014 on the belief that CBD should be accessible for everybody, Lazarus Naturals produces high quality products that are effective, not expensive. The company is fully vertically integrated—from its Central Oregon hemp farms to its in-house extraction, formulation and packaging—allowing the company to deliver the lowest cost per milligram CBD tinctures, topicals, capsules, and more. It also offers an Assistance Program that provides a 60 percent discount to veterans, individuals on long-term disability and low-income households. An ardent advocate for hemp, Lazarus Naturals is a founding member of the Association of Western Hemp Professionals, and also belongs to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, American Herbal Products Association, Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association. More at LazarusNaturals.com.