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Reading Eagle - April 2020

Jun 01, 2020

Kutztown-based Radius donates kits to health care workers

By Lisa Scheid lscheid@readingeagle.com @LisaScheid on Twitter Apr 30, 2020


Radius, a Kutztown-based maker of eco-friendly oral care products, is donating oral care packages to doctors in the Philadelphia area and hospitals in New York.

The company said the COVID-19 Oral Care Packages, dubbed "smile kits," were being donated to NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.

Each kit contains floss, a Radius toothbrush, organic toothpaste and a coupon redeemable for a free "big brush."

The company said fighting the coronavirus has taken a substantial emotional and physical toll on the medical community. On busy shifts, oral hygiene is often neglected due to an insufficient supply of dental care products.

The Radius team wanted to help. Radius gave out 300 "smile kits” for health care workers staying at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, which has been providing substantially reduced hotel rates for health care professionals fighting at the frontlines against COVID-19 so they could ensure the safety of their loved ones at home. 

Then, after a request from a physician in New York for help, Radius sent the kits directly to hospitals in Philadelphia and New York City.

“We want the health care community to know we are behind them," said Saskia Foley, CEO of Radius, in a news release. "The sacrifices they are making, the risks they face, their daily frustrations, and the immense care they are giving do not go unnoticed. We at Radius wanted to send these Smile Kits to do our small part toward keeping them and their families healthy at a time when they are doing so much to ensure the wellness of all of us.”

Radius began sending out the kits this week. The company also recently released a line of two-month Oral Care Kits with free shipping for all domestic orders in response to citizen’s needs during the current stay-at-home policies.