The Town of Bluffton recently installed four automatic sunscreen dispensers around town for public use and is receiving a good deal of positive feedback from the community.
Comments on a Facebook post by the Town include: “Great idea,” “Thank you for doing this” and “How amazing! Way to go!”
Another Facebook user, Amanda Brumley Quance, wrote: “I love this, sunscreen and AEDs, Bluffton is a safety town.”
The new dispensers are located at Dubois Park, the pavilion at Oscar Frazier Park, the boat landing at Oyster Factory Park, and at the public dock in Palmetto Bluff.
The purchase and installation of the dispensers came about thanks to a concerned resident.
After seeing a public sunscreen dispenser in a park in Charleston and reading about the dispensers online, Bluffton resident and skin care specialist Jessica Long approached the Town about installing dispensers locally. Town officials agreed to install and maintain three dispensers if Long could raise the money to purchase them.
In just two days, she raised enough money on social media for three dispensers. She soon had enough to purchase a fourth, and the Town agreed to install and maintain it as well.
Long purchased the automatic dispensers for $500 each through the nonprofit Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation.
“I am so honored to be a member of the Bluffton community,” Long said. “We came together for a need … and it (was) fulfilled quickly with much support.”
Long said the sunscreen is organic, 100% eco-friendly and SPF 30, with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The ingredients are listed on the side of the dispensers.
Business owners who are interested can order dispensers to place outside their buildings, or even purchase portable dispensers to use at events. Long is happy to help get them started. Contact her at 843-305-0256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Szpanka, Town of Bluffton public information officer is proud of the collaboration. “This is another great example of a partnership with a resident and-or organization,” she said, “and how, together, we’re making Bluffton a better place – more cool, more hip, more happening, more healthy.”
Amy Coyne Bredeson of Bluffton is a freelance writer, a mother of two and a volunteer with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.