READING, Pa.- Rentokil North America colleagues from the United States and Canada took to their

communities over the past few weeks to give back to the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deemed Hometown Heroes, the frontline workers included healthcare professionals, senior care facility workers and first responders.

More than 108 teams and districts participated in the Hometown Heroes program, choosing organizations in their own communities to say thank you. The teams developed care packages, some of which included lunch for staff, care packages and homemade cards from colleagues’ children.

“We have seen extraordinary examples of bravery and sacrifice from healthcare and first responders on the frontline of this pandemic,” said John Myers, Rentokil President and CEO. “Our colleagues have expressed the desire to support ourlocal communities, and it’s our responsibility to give back. I’m proud of our colleagues’ commitment to their communities and enhancing the lives of those who are giving so much during this time.”

The teams impacted more than 8,100 people on the frontlines all across the country. The Boston-area team set up a station at Boston Medical Center to give out more than 600 plants to healthcare professionals. The team also purchased items on the wishlist of Healthcare for the Homeless to make sure the organization was prepared for the summer rush.

Another team chose the Environmental Services team at University Hospitals in Cleveland, as the team works hard behind the scenes to keep the hospital clean and safe. The Rentokil team provided lunch and plants to say thank you to their Hometown Heroes. Chris Gibbs, Regional Director at Rentokil, had teams throughout south Florida give back to their Hometown Heroes.One team worked with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL to provide lunch to the healthcare staff working hard to keep their patients healthy.

“It is a humbling feeling when you see the challenges of those in our communities during this time,” said Gibbs. “That’s what makes ‘Hometown Heroes’ a truly special program. Our company has core values of ‘Protecting People and Enhancing Lives’ and it is great to see that living out in our local communities as we unite to give back to those Hometown Heroes.”

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