For Immediate Release: June 11, 2020
In less than 3 months since shifting operations to assist with the growing shortage of face masks in NY state and across the country, FPS Apparel has reached 10,000 mask donations.
Chester, NY: When NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo shutdown all non-essential businesses in March and called for anyone and everyone who might be able to help out with the growing need for PPE, FPS Apparel knew it needed to step up to the plate. Not only to save their business, but also to help people in need.
FPS quickly shifted from a cut & sew shirt shop to a mask-producing microfactory, eventually perfecting the process and introducing masks that meet all the recommendations of the CDC: multi-layers of fabric, snug fit, washable/reusable, etc. And maybe not so micro - the factory has stepped up production, making anywhere from 10,000 - 50,000 masks per day.
Where are all of these masks going? Well, the company had to rely on mask sales to keep doors open, but they have also been donating 10% of all custom, made-in-USA masks that they've produced since the beginning. And they just donated their 10,000th mask.
“It's been a whirlwind”, President Jay Feinberg said. “When you stop and think about what we've been able to accomplish so quickly, shifting our entire business, buy new machines, committing to inventory, it really makes you say 'wow'. To be able to donate 10,000 masks, when NY state was in such desperate need, makes us feel great."
The list of organizations, people, and businesses benefitting from FPS mask donations includes:
- NY Presbyterian Hospital
- St. Anthony's Hospital
- Orange Regional Hospital
- Montgomery Nursing Home
- Schervier Pavilion
- Montgomery Village
- NY State Senate candidate Mike Martucci & team
- Sapphire Nursing Rehabilitation center
- Habitat Opco
- St. Vincent Hospital
- Hackensack Hospital
- St. Joseph Nursing Home
- Dogwood Estates Nursing Home
- IATSE Local 311
- Highland Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
- The Willows at Ramapo Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
- Pine Valley Center - Rehabilitation & Nursing
FPS has no plans of stopping their mask donations until they run out of places to give. "We're still receiving requests regularly. We'll keep donating until those requests stop coming in" Feinberg said.
Follow FPS Apparel on social media and on their website www.fpsapparel.com
for more information on how you can purchase face masks or receive mask donations if you're in need.