Tree at Mall at Fairfield Commons celebrates health care workers, Earth Day

The tree planted outside of the main entrance on  serves as a symbol of appreciation for our local healthcare heroes during this difficult time in the world,  according to the Washington Prime Group Inc., owners of the mall. CONTRIBUTED
The tree planted outside of the main entrance on serves as a symbol of appreciation for our local healthcare heroes during this difficult time in the world, according to the Washington Prime Group Inc., owners of the mall. CONTRIBUTED

A tree has been planted at The Mall at Fairfield Commons in celebration of Earth Day and of local healthcare workers battling COVID-19.

The tree planted outside of the main entrance “serves as a symbol of appreciation for our local healthcare heroes during this difficult time in the world,” according to the Washington Prime Group Inc., owners of the mall.

The tree donated by Dean’s Landscaping of Xenia helps “celebrate our heroes and bring this permanent reminder of them to The Mall at Fairfield Commons,” said Leanne Rubosky, general manager of the mall, in a statement released by the company.

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“Earth Day is the perfect reminder that especially during tough times, we are stronger when we come together as a community,” she added.

The Columbus-based company last month closed the Beavercreek mall and the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. as part of temporarily shutdowns to its enclosed assets with an indoor common area due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement came on the same day as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay at home order went into effect.

Since then, Washington Prime has offered all of its open air and enclosed assets to serve as potential distribution centers, and has partnered with community businesses and organizations in several ways.

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Among the local efforts:

•Launched at the Dayton Mall a donation drive to serve several area non-profit organizations. These include For Love of Children, Shoes for the Shoeless, Centerville City Schools, No Child Hungry and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

•Announced its Beavercreek mall would serve as a drop-off point for key medical supplies and is accepting 95 masks, surgical masks, disinfecting wipes, isolation gowns, eye protection, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves and face shields.

That location is also collecting non-perishable food donations for House of Bread in Dayton and school supplies for children being schooled from home in partnership with Crayons to Classrooms.

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