While their business was mostly shut down due to the global pandemic, it didn’t stop this husband and wife from Mount Sinai to give back to those ailing on Long Island.
They sell the Long Island specific apparel at the pro shop and also at Amity Harbor Sports, a store owned by Mike’s father.
When the virus hit Long Island, both retail locations were shuttered temporarily.
“We could’ve focused on boosting our online revenue, but we wanted to do what makes us unique for good,” said Rachel.
That’s when they two came up with the idea to begin a campaign where they donated profits from their online hat sales to Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest food bank.
The fundraiser ran for the entire month of April, where the couple sold 75 hats, equalling to enough money to purchase 3,750 meals for those in need.
“We didn’t expect this,” said Rachel on donations pouring in during the fundraising event. “It’s a testament of the community wanting to give back during these tough times.”
After taking a stab at helping out with their hat sales, the Bennetts are now raising more money through its custom face coverings.
“A portion of our mask sales will be donated to the New York COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support fellow New Yorkers in need,” said Rachel.
The masks, which also be bought in bulk, can be found at longislandhockeyco.com.
Top: Mike and Rachel Bennett, of Mount Sinai, together smiling (courtesy)