How Walker360 Kept Calm & Stayed Busy

The Inkwell • June 3, 2020

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“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Lee Iacocca

Give Local. Save Local.

As the coronavirus outbreak spread across the US, a dangerous blood shortage threatened to create another public health crisis. With stay-at-home orders in place for most of the nation, no industry or sector was immune to the impact of the virus, and some consequences were more serious than others. Many places where blood drives might take place such as campuses, workplaces, and libraries were shuttered and thousands of blood drives were cancelled.

As an essential business, Walker360 remained fully operational and had the opportunity to host a blood drive at our Montgomery location. We partnered with a community organization, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, and encouraged our fellow essential business neighbors to come out and donate as well. We had an extremely successful drive with 23 total donations!

Did you know one pint of blood saves 3 lives? Roughly 1 pint of blood is given during a donation, meaning 23 donations has the potential to save 69 lives!

No Purell? No Problem.

Another byproduct of the spread of the virus was the demand for hand sanitizer – one of the most essential items of all. But with an increase in demand came price hikes and product scarcity. With everything else going on, stressing about finding essential items in a time of crisis should not be one of them. That’s why we decided to mix up our own batch of hand sanitizer to hand out to members of our community. Following the World Health Organization’s recommended formulation guidelines, we prepared 30 gallons of hand sanitizer and filled over 750 bottles. We then handed out all the bottles to our local community. The turnout was incredible and we were out of bottles in less than 4 hours!

We Are All In This Together

We offered free banners to local churches, schools, and businesses to display outside their doors during the difficult time. We may not have been able to congregate together, but that didn’t change the fact that we were all in this together.

True Divine Baptist Church

A Shear Delight

It really is true that you don’t know what you have until its gone. Those regularly scheduled haircut appointments will never go unappreciated again. With hairdressers and barbers closed during the stay-at-home orders, many of us were at a loss of what to do with our overgrown locks. Lucky for us, our very own Beth Wyatt in Customer Service saw a need and filled it. She grabbed her clippers and shears and spent a whole day with back to back appointments, giving free haircuts to any staff member who wanted one.

New Look, Same Great Service

We also took this time to focus on our rebrand. Along with our brand-new logo comes a newly designed website! We’ve been hard at work building the website pixel by pixel, and we’d love for you to take a look around.

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