RACINE, Wis., April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson today announced it will donate 27,000 units of OFF!® personal mosquito repellent, including towelettes, aerosols and pump sprays, to the American Red Cross. The DEET-based personal repellent will be distributed to help avoid mosquito bites while assisting in natural disaster operations. This donation is part of SC Johnson's commitment to donate at least $15 million over the next year to help protect against mosquitoes.
"With mosquito season coming to the United States amid growing concerns of Zika, we want to provide whatever support we can," said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. "Red Cross workers engage in critical work in flooding and disaster situations, frequently in mosquito-prone areas. This donation will help protect them from mosquitoes that may carry diseases like Zika."
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and recovery programs. In the past 135 years, the Red Cross has sheltered, fed and provided emotional support to victims of disasters; supplied about 40 percent of the nation's blood; taught skills that save lives; provided international humanitarian aid; and supported military members and their families.
"We're grateful to have a community leader like SC Johnson support Red Cross relief efforts in disaster areas like Texas after devastating flooding," said Patty Flowers, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in Wisconsin. "The donated mosquito repellent will go a long way to support disaster clients and our workers too."
Today's donation to the American Red Cross is the latest announcement in SC Johnson's ongoing efforts to provide up to $15 million in resources globally to help protect against mosquitoes including aid to numerous countries that are experiencing outbreaks of Zika and dengue fever. In coordination with the CDC Foundation, SCJ supported the Zika Action Plan Summit held by the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 1, and also donated to the CDC's Zika Prevention Kits. Additional donations have been made to AmeriCares, the Rio de Janeiro-based Children's Health Association and the County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.
SC Johnson is the world's largest manufacturer of insect repellents and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® and Baygon®. For nearly 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the Entomology Research Center in Racine, Wis., the biggest private, urban entomology research center in the world.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 130-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com
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