Route One Apparel, the College Park-based online source for Maryland pride apparel and accessories, Monday donated more than 20,000 face masks to frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland.
Like most local businesses, Route One Apparel was initially hit hard as the pandemic shut down much of the state in mid-March, leading to the closure of most Route One Apparel retail partners and a steep decline in sales. But the company pivoted quickly to design and produce relevant and essential items, including face masks, bandanas, surgical caps and T-shirts. Demand for Route One Apparel’s masks exploded when Gov. Larry Hogan wore one featuring the company’s “Maryland Strong” design at an April press briefing.
To show its support for the essential employees and health care professionals working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Route One Apparel is committed to donating one mask for every mask retail order. As of the end of May, the company has shipped more than 20,000 masks to hospitals, health care centers, long-term care facilities, police stations and fire houses across the state. Donated masks have also been sent to frontline workers nominated by Route One Apparel customers on the company’s website.
In addition, Route One Apparel made a monetary donation in May of more than $10,000 to Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) to support the organization’s general fund in these challenging times. The funds were raised through a portion of Route One Apparel’s online product sales and BARCS was chosen as the recipient by the company’s social media followers.
Route One Apparel will continue to donate a mask for each one ordered retail in June and plans to make additional monetary donations to local nonprofit organizations.