Brevard County gives away more PPE to small businesses

Free distribution held at Emergency Operations Center

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – Brevard County handed out pallets of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer on Wednesday to small businesses in need of personal protective equipment.

The county has been holding these kinds of giveaways for months since millions in federal relief money came in, and then the county commission approved handing out the small business kits.

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“We’ve probably given out a couple thousand kits or more,” Leslie Rothering of the county’s central services department said.

Even if a small business owner has taken advantage of this service before, they’re still welcome to come back again and take more.

People just need to show their driver’s license and business card.

Oral Ali is the vice president of a Brevard-based hospitality company he said employs workers nationwide.

Ali said Wednesday was his first time during the pandemic grabbing the free PPE and he got two kits.

He said the experience was fantastic.

“I’m proud to promote this. This is so wonderful,” Ali said.

Joyce Brekke, the owner of the Cocoa Brevard Paper Company, said she wanted to feel safe around the office.

“It means a lot,” she said. “I have people living with me who have physical challenges and I can’t risk taking the virus home to them,” she said.

The county said it will continue the free giveaways as long as the supplies last.

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