Businesses, charities shift to making face masks

In February, Charlie Hustle was busy selling Chiefs Super Bowl gear it could not keep in stock.Two months later, the hot new item is face masks. For each one sold, Charlie Hustle is donating one.”Our goal was just to pay ourselves enough to support shipping costs and operating costs,” said Chase McAnulty, of Charlie Hustle. In the first weekend, 20,000 masks are headed to local first responders. “So we really had to understand how to be nimble, and I understand a lot of businesses are having to do that,” McAnulty said.Jennifer Lapka’s charity Rightfully Sewn has made the shift from fashion to front line protection as an official Missouri personal protective equipment provider. “The emails and the phone calls just kept coming and coming and that was well before the CDC recommended everyone to wear masks. At that time, it was really for the health care workers,” Lapka said.Singer donated 30 machines to sewists working independently, turning out one mask every three and half minutes on average. “For a professional sewing crew like we have, we’re in a really unique position to do a lot and the quality is high,” Lapka said.

In February, Charlie Hustle was busy selling Chiefs Super Bowl gear it could not keep in stock.

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Two months later, the hot new item is face masks. For each one sold, Charlie Hustle is donating one.

“Our goal was just to pay ourselves enough to support shipping costs and operating costs,” said Chase McAnulty, of Charlie Hustle.

In the first weekend, 20,000 masks are headed to local first responders.

“So we really had to understand how to be nimble, and I understand a lot of businesses are having to do that,” McAnulty said.

Jennifer Lapka’s charity Rightfully Sewn has made the shift from fashion to front line protection as an official Missouri personal protective equipment provider.

“The emails and the phone calls just kept coming and coming and that was well before the CDC recommended everyone to wear masks. At that time, it was really for the health care workers,” Lapka said.

Singer donated 30 machines to sewists working independently, turning out one mask every three and half minutes on average.

“For a professional sewing crew like we have, we’re in a really unique position to do a lot and the quality is high,” Lapka said.