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Sewing Masks for Clay County Healthcare Workers

Sewing Masks for Clay County Healthcare Workers

The Clay County Chamber brought 121 Financial Credit Union and Challenge Enterprises together to custom-make face masks for health care workers in Clay County. 

The masks are made of recycled polypropylene fabric, equivalent to a level-3 clinical grade face mask. The material is used to wrap surgical equipment after it is cleaned and stored for its next use.

Orange Park Medical Center’s parent company, HCA Healthcare, donated nearly 1,000 sterilization wraps that will be turned into face masks. 

Challenge Enterprises employs nearly 250 people with disabilities in Clay County. It has been manufacturing products ranging from trauma packs for bulletproof vests to landscaping bags since 1998. The company retooled its industrial sewing operation to make the masks.

The Clay County Chamber brought the businesses together to help pay for the project and 121 Financial Credit Union is covering the labor cost to make 500 masks.