Guitar string manufacturer Ernie Ball announced its factory would begin making face masks that will be given away for free to local residents and organizations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The company recently reconfigured a portion of its factory to produce 400 two-ply cotton masks per day, and announced free masks would soon be available for all Coachella Valley residents who place their orders online. The masks will then be delivered for free, the company said.
“We are dedicating our accessories and strap manufacturing departments to producing masks and are making it a top priority,” company CEO Brian Ball said. “The Coachella Valley is our home and we want to help both local charities and the residents as well. We believe it’s by joining together that we stay strong and we are proud to play a role in helping our community be safe.”
The first masks will be donated to Martha’s Village and Kitchen in Indio, and other local organizations, according to Ernie Ball, which did not specify when the rest of the masks would become available.
“This is an amazing, potentially life-saving donation and fulfills a very important need for both our frontline staff and more than 120 homeless residents, of which over half are families with children, that otherwise cannot afford masks,” said Linda Barrack, president and CEO of Martha’s Village. “We have over 60 employees that are working very hard to keep up with the rising level of services from the community during this pandemic and this will help to continue to ensure their safety.”