TAYLOR COUNTY— Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Lowe’s Corporation and its associates have been finding ways to assist their communities throughout the pandemic. Committing themselves to serving customers and communities with essential products and services during this challenging time, one local employee has brought a piece of that commitment to Taylor County.
In May, the Corporation announced a second $25 million commitment to supporting the ongoing fight against COVID-19, bringing the company’s pandemic support to communities to $50 million.
The funds were allocated to support communities in need, including focused efforts to provide needed masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to small businesses who were considering reopening.
In addition, the company has provided more than $10 million in essential protective products for medical workers and first responders, and thanks to a Grafton local, Taylor County has benefited from the Lowe’s commitment.
Greg Layfield, manager of the Venture Drive Lowe’s in Morgantown, is a Taylor County resident, who has worked for the company for more than 30 years. When he saw an opportunity to help his own community through his employer, he took full advantage of the occasion.
According to Layfield, the company purchased a mass amount of masks to donate and be distributed throughout communities in need. As a Grafton High School graduate of the class of 1982, he shared that he wanted to support the hometown that in turn supports him and his company.
“Although we don’t have a Lowe’s in this county, I know a lot of people from here shop at Lowe’s and support the business. I had this great opportunity and wanted to use it to help out local agencies in my own town,” Layfield shared.
Through the company’s commitment, mask donation program and Layfield’s mission to give back to his own community, he was able to supply nearly 1,000 masks to the county, dividing them between five of the county’s first responding agencies.
He revealed that a donation of 500 masks was made to Grafton City Hospital, while another 125 masks went to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department.
Additionally, 250 masks were given to the Grafton City Police Department, as well as the Grafton Fire Department, and the Taylor County Medical Emergency Squad received 100 masks from Layfield on behalf of Lowe’s.
“We (Venture Drive Lowe’s) partner with a lot of different agencies, working with WVU hospitals and Mon Health Care, as well as other organizations to assist those in need. We do what we can to help out, whenever we can. This pandemic, this virus, has affected us all. Now is the time to step up when you can and assist one another,” he voiced.
Each of the receiving entities expressed their deepest gratitude toward Layfield and Lowe’s for the generous donations.