David’s Bridal, Joann team up to make masks
Two of the nation’s leading retail chains have gotten together to help those most at risk amid the Covid-19 crisis.
David’s Bridal and Joann Stores are partnering to produce 50,000 non-surgical masks a week for some of the nation's leading hospital systems and senior living facilities. As the demand for medical materials skyrockets, the two brands donated their teams' time and materials to quickly supply healthcare workers with protective gear.
Beginning last week, David’s Bridal’s alterations specialists (among the largest alternations teams in the U.S.) went to work in 258 of the retailer’s U.S. stores to start sewing the protective masks. Joann provided all fabric and medically endorsed patterns ( masks are being produced according to CDC guidelines). The first 50,000 units are expected to ship to the medical facilities by the end of this week.
“David's Bridal is actively committed to protecting these heroic individuals and we are deeply grateful for the partnership with Joann to make this happen," said Jim Marcum, CEO, David's Bridal. "Aside from being able to fulfill thousands of orders every week, at David's we have been looking for ways to leverage our supply chain capabilities to support thousands of frontline workers and local municipalities all over the country in obtaining personal protective equipment.”
"We are proud to be part of the solution to the severe shortage of protective equipment, and this partnership furthers our mission to make 100 million masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19," said Wade Miquelon, president & CEO of Joann. “By combining the talent of David's Bridal alterations specialists with our fabric and supplies, we have the opportunity to quickly get tens of thousands of masks to healthcare facilities in desperate need."