Sunshine Ace Hardware, in partnership with Leadership Collier, has donated a shipment of YETI coolers to aid Hope for Haiti’s goal of increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccine within the island nation.
The donation included seven large YETI coolers and 10 smaller YETI coolers, which will be used to store vaccines from the time doses arrive in Port-au-Prince until they are airlifted to the Les Cayes region and ultimately administered to residents.
“Sunshine Ace is proud to partner with Leadership Collier and Hope for Haiti in providing potentially lifesaving assistance to the people of Haiti,” said Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “My grandparents, Don and Anne Wynn, taught us the importance of helping those in need, and we are proud to continue that tradition with this donation.”
Since its founding in 1958, Sunshine Ace has supported numerous charitable causes and nonprofit organizations across Southwest Florida, including Hope for Haiti, Children’s Miracle Network, Coastal Conservation Association Florida and others. Hope for Haiti is a Naples-based international organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children. Hope for Haiti’s core values include resilience, empowerment, accountability, collaboration and hope.
Hampered by a lack of resources and logistical challenges, Haiti was among the last nations globally to begin its COVID-19 vaccination program. Haiti received its first shipment July 14 after the U.S. donated 500,000 doses. Now the challenge is getting vaccines into communities outside of the capital city.
“A huge part of our COVID vaccine response was figuring out how to get them to the remote locations where we work at the proper temperature,” said Yvette Ebb, Hope for Haiti’s gift-in-kind director. “Many of these locations don’t have electricity, so maintaining them at the required temperature was a huge logistical concern. We knew from past experience that YETI coolers were great at keeping things cold for long periods of time.”
Once Haiti’s vaccination program ends, Ebb said the YETI coolers will continue being used as a health care necessity for years to come.
“This incredible gift of coolers will be used long-term, not only for vaccines but to also transport medications like insulin or antibiotics requiring refrigeration,” Ebb said. “Countless lives will be saved because of their support.”
Hope for Haiti is collecting monetary donations to help purchase additional coolers, as well as cover shipping costs for coolers and medical supplies. For questions or to make a donation, please visit HopeForHaiti.com or contact Taylor Hebble at Taylor@HopeForHaiti.com or 239-434-7183, ext. 207.