In 2014, I founded Kate McDonald Bridal in Charleston, South Carolina. Over the last several years, the company has grown immensely – our wedding dresses are sold at 27 stores nationwide and we have manufacturing operations in New York and Los Angeles. Similar to other companies across the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic forced our operations to a halt. I knew we had to do something, not only to stay viable during this time, but to help keep people on the frontlines and in our community safe.
I heard about a woman in Michigan who was pivoting operations to make face masks and thought, “We can do that too.” I rallied a number of local seamstresses and sent a call-to-action for garment bags to all the stores that carry our dresses nationwide. We received dozens of bags and quickly started sewing masks. The tight, woven cotton fabric of the bags makes for a very durable mask. In just one month, our team produced and donated 2,500 masks for first responders and we haven’t stopped sewing since.
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