OOFOS, a global recovery footwear company based in Massachusetts, recently donated more than 2,000 pairs of shoes to 10 hospitals across the country, among them Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

OOFOS shoes reduce stress on feet and joints, and the closed cell foam and sanitary properties allow medical professionals to wash them between shifts and keep out bacteria and other microbes.

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After conducting a full assessment of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Arcadia community, the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust has implemented a $250,000 COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan.

The initiative targets Arcadians’ greatest needs during this time of uncertainty: education, food insecurity, health and safety and family sustainability.

The plan includes: enhancing educational opportunities for children through tutoring sessions from April to August; expanding Internet access in underserved neighborhoods for four months; purchasing and distributing wholesale food to hundreds of people for 90 days; purchasing personal protective equipment for local first responders; and alleviating the costs of past-due utility bills for 1,000 households.

The Flanzer Trust has convened partner agencies to assist with the plan’s implementation, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, All Faiths Food Bank and the School District of DeSoto County.

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