Offwire and Powerocks, USA Gives the Gift of Power and Communication
The second annual #GivingTuesday is today, December 3, 2013, and after a frantic weekend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, today is a reminder of all the good that is still needed. It’s a call to action to be a part of that good and OFFWIRE wanted to do our part. Even though it’s been over a week since the devastating tornados in Southern Illinois, there is much rebuilding to be done and we aren’t forgetting about our friends and the communities devastated by tornadoes in November.
How does a distributor of wireless retail accessories help when such a tragedy strikes? We got back to our roots. Located in Omaha, NE, OFFWIRE is in the heart of tornado alley and the prospect of violent storms is a reality in our own backyard; we knew we had to respond. And one of the things people need most in these times, is the ability to stay connected… we would give the gift of power.
Last week, OFFWIRE donated nearly 200 Powerocks Magicstickportable chargers to our retail partner Midwest Cellular, located in the heavily tornado damaged Illinois area. Midwest Cellular expressed a desire to help those most affected by the storm in two of their immediate communities of Washington and Peoria and delivered the portable chargers to the Red Cross saying, “We know and realize that every little bit can help. We have reached out and worked with our friends at OFFWIRE who are the distributor of Powerocks [in the Americas]. They as well wanted to support those affected and have donated Magicsticks in support of those who are in need of an additional power supply for their phones.”
After hearing how well the Red Cross could both use and distribute the Magicsticks, OFFWIRE has donated an additional 500 units today. The Red Cross Illinois Capital Area Chapter office manager Jaleen Muex stated, “The Magicsticks have been great for the volunteers as well. We work 12 hour shifts and are on our feet and away from our cars going door to door for that time. They’ve been so helpful keeping phones from running out of battery for us too.”
Magicsticks carry the capacity for up to two full charges for the average smartphone and their portable nature and small size, make them easy to carry and easy to charge mobile devices on the go when away from outlets or in an unexpected power outage. They enable users to stay connected no matter how far they roam or whether a charging outlet is readily or predictably available.
“Portable power is always valuable, whether as a convenience or in the face of an emergency and we understand how important it is to stay connected, especially during a time of crisis.” said John Lund, CEO of OFFWIRE. “We wanted to give a small comfort to our friends at Midwest Cellular and all those actively restoring their homes and lives knowing that they still have a long way to go to build everything that has been lost.” You can read more about this story HERE.