A half-dozen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Beehive Clothing facilities in five different countries are being used to produce surgical gowns and masks for health care workers.
About 1,000 employees at the six Church-owned facilities in Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, the Philippines and the United States began sewing the medical equipment in mid-April.
“We are donating our time, our labor and our sewing capacity for several months, diverting it from sewing sacred garments to sewing surgical gowns and reusable cloth [face] masks for the community,” said Peggy Cowherd, managing director of the Church’s Materials Management Department.
Beehive Clothing’s two U.S. locations — in American Fork and Salt Lake City, Utah — are producing the medical-grade gowns, while workers at the international locations are sewing masks.
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