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Utah companies lend a hand to hurricane victims

Published November 1, 2012 9:07 pm

Donations • Goal Zero providing solar-powered kits, Nu Skin gives goods and cash.
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Some Utah companies have heard the call for action and are donating goods and money for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Bluffdale-based Goal Zero, which produces solar-powered generators, is teaming with Salt Lake City-based transportation services company Interide Logistics to ship solar-powered equipment to areas ravaged by the storm.

Goal Zero employees filled a 53-foot trailer with generators that will be used to help charge cellphones, lights and health care equipment for emergency services personnel, according to a company statement. The donation is valued at about $300,000.

"We want to help as many people as we can, as quickly as we can," Joe Atkin, president and CEO of Goal Zero, said in the statement. "Our first plan of attack is to send out what we already have in our warehouse to help areas that are without power.

Also, Goal Zero launched a "Buy One, Give One Sandy Relief Program" project through Nov. 15 in which the company will match the same amount in solar-powered equipment from purchases made at participating retailers and on its online store.

In another effort, Provo-based multilevel marketer Nu Skin Enterprises is donating $400,000 in cash and in-kind donations for disaster relief.

With its charity partner, Feed the Children, Nu Skin is providing food and hygiene supplies to victims of the hurricane. It's also distributing personal care products, and its VitaMeal product will be served at community shelters in storm areas.

The company also has set up a hurricane relief fund to generate donations from its sales force, customers and employees. They can participate online by going to www.forceforgood.org">http://www.forceforgood.org.