Mercedes-Benz USA delivers 500 emergency kits to The Salvation Army

Atlanta Medical professionals and homeless men, women and families received essential hygienic supplies on Wednesday, March 18 when Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) delivered 500 emergency kits to The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Red Shield Shelter, a 320-bed facility located in the heart of downtown.

The kits, donated by MBUSA, Alston & Bird, The Coca-Cola Company and IHG, include critical items such as face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Tyvek suits.

"Because this has hit our area slower than other areas, it's been difficult for us to obtain supplies," said Sgt. Janeane Schmidt, director at The Salvation Army Red Shield Services. "The fact that we had forward-thinking people from these companies looking to purchase and donate these essential items will allow us to make sure we are safe, secure and are able to do as much prevention as possible here."

Each company involved in the donation serves as a member of the Disaster Action Alliance (DAA), a coalition of 30 Atlanta-area corporations, nonprofits and community organizations committed to offering aid to communities nationwide during natural disasters.