Greer’s Market and the Junior League of Mobile teamed up to deliver diapers to communities affected by Hurricane Ida. Photo | Courtesy Wright Transportation
By Tammy Leytham
Everyday items become vital after a damaging storm, so when Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana in August, local businesses worked with the Junior League of Mobile to get diapers to a community in need.
When Stephen Thomas of Greer’s Markets contacted Junior League of Mobile (JLM) President Sarah Bumgarner with a sizable donation of diapers, she knew where to send it. The Junior League of Baton Rouge Diaper Bank was in great need of replenishing their diaper stock and residents there could greatly benefit from the donation.
The only obstacle to making the donation happen? The delivery logistics. Transporting more than nine pallets of diapers and hand sanitizer would take multiple carloads and manpower from JLM members. Enter Wright Transportation.
JLM contacted Daniel Wright, president of Wright Transportation, to see if any of their deliveries included Baton Rouge. They didn’t hesitate to step up and make the delivery happen.
“At Wright Transportation, we know how important it is to get supplies and goods to areas devastated by natural disasters,” Wright said. “We gladly stepped in to ensure children in need around the Baton Rouge area would continue to have access to clean, free diapers through the Junior League Diaper Bank.”
The diaper delivery is just one example of Mobile-area organizations coming together to help their neighbors.
“I know how important it is to our community to have the Junior League Diaper Bank to meet everyday needs, and even more so after a devastating hurricane,” Bumgarner said. “I am so thankful to have Wright Transportation and Greer’s Markets who believe in the mission of JLM and the impact we are making to help us deliver much-needed diaper supplies to our community and our sister Junior Leagues in their time of need.”
BUSINESS NEWS, MOVES & TRANSACTIONS
- Kenny Breal was named the new president of North Baldwin Infirmary, effective Oct. 17. Breal joined Infirmary Health as executive director of imaging services in 2015 where he led openings of three outpatient imaging centers, as well as the state-of-the-art Breast Center at Thomas Hospital. In 2017, Breal was promoted to vice president of clinical operations and took over responsibility for pulmonary and sleep services, as well as health system laboratory operations. Breal earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama in radiologic technology with a focus on management. Ben Hansert, former president of North Baldwin Infirmary, has been named chief operating officer of Mobile Infirmary. Hansert will bring his clinical expertise and strong management skills to the largest hospital in Mobile and Baldwin counties, partnering with Mobile Infirmary President Susan Boudreau.
- Secret Scientist Clothing leased 4,400 square feet of professional office space at 1400 Montlimar Drive in Mobile.
Secret Scientist is an urban streetwear brand based in Mobile, providing a range of products from T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, footwear and more. Jill Meeks, senior advisor with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
- USA Health leased 3,500 square feet of medical office space in University Place at 820 University Blvd. in Mobile and is open now. Nathan Handmacher and Jill Meeks, senior advisors with Stirling Properties, worked with the landlord. Harry Brislin with USA Properties worked with the tenant.
- Last month, Xante celebrated its 32nd year of designing, manufacturing and selling printing equipment and software to over 80,000 customers in 134 countries around the globe. President/CEO Robert Ross said the company is proud to be producing commercial print equipment and software that has enabled professional printers to be more efficient and profitable over the past three decades. Xante started with the production of high-resolution PostScript RIPs and has continued to its current line of UV flatbed printers, the X16 and X33.
- The University of South Alabama Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner MSN has been ranked No. 3 of pediatric NP online programs nationally by Nurse Practitioner Online, which advocates for advanced practice nursing. Highlights of the USA program include being a hospital-affiliated school and offering mandatory clinical skills intensives.
- Waste Pro is now the garbage, yard waste and bulk hauler for Mount Vernon residents, servicing approximately 700 new customers. As part of the transition, garbage collection days will change from Monday to Thursday. Bulk and yard waste pickup will occur on the second Tuesday of each month. If residents have not received a cart or would like to request additional carts, contact Waste Pro’s Spanish Fort Division/Mobile Division at 251-653-4774.
- The Mobile Rotary Club and additional Rotary Clubs throughout Alabama’s District 6880 marked historic progress toward a polio-free world during its “Purple Pinkie Day” fundraising effort to mark World Polio Day. Rotary District 6880 raised $315,750, contributing to the total of $1.3 million raised across three states for the one-day event. The Mobile Rotary Club recognized Purple Pinkie Day on Oct. 18 when approximately 315 boxes of purple-tipped, finger-shaped donuts were delivered to Greer’s Markets in Mobile and Fairhope. There, they were organized and prepared for donor delivery and pick up. While some purchasers picked up the tasty treats, others donated donuts to local first responders. District Polio Chairman Robert Greer and the Mobile Rotary Club thank everyone who supported the initiative.
- Pen Air Federal Credit Union at 21511 Highway 59 in Robertsdale is hosting the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Business After House from 5-6:15 p.m. Nov. 9. Join the chamber for refreshments — catering will be by L.A. Barbecue — door prizes and networking opportunities.
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