Network Partner Donates Fabric to Make Medical Gowns

Network Partner Donates Fabric to Make Medical Gowns

Ragfinders of California, a Downtown Los Angeles wholesale fabric store, has donated fabric to Project PPE to help medical professionals who are in need of medical gowns.

See the Spectrum News 1 story HERE.

Jacqueline Westman, along with her friend Brittany Walker, started Project PPE, a group of innovative design fields all coming together to help medical professionals who are in dire need of supplies. “This ripstop fabric that’s being donated will go to our sample cutters, so it can then be made into medical gowns” said Westman.

The pair have spent their careers working in the fashion industry and decided to tap their network, like Ragfinders, owned by Rubin Schubert, for fabric donations. “The first 200 gowns that we were able to produce, we did it in less than four days which is really amazing,” said Westman.

They are receiving a donation of 600 yards of fabric and this lightweight woven is the ideal material because it’s breathable and easy for medical professionals to move in and clean. “The fact that it’s super easy to wipe off something and is totally reusable they don’t need to throw it in a washer, they could just wipe it down,” said Brittany Walker.

They load the fabric into their cars then take them to their contacts who will cut and sew the gowns.

Many of the local clothing companies in Los Angeles have had to shut down because of the state-wide lockdown. So Westman and Walker started a GoFundMe page to help get these workers paid who have been laid off or furloughed.

They have partnered with the non-profit Medical Supply Drive to get the gowns distributed. The organization was started by Georgetown University medical students, who have nearly 400 volunteers in 37 states and coordinate the drop-off of supplies to hospitals.

Once the gowns are completed they take them to their L.A. County coordinator in Pasadena who has a growing list of more than ten local hospitals requesting PPE.

“Already within a week or two things have moved so rapidly. We’re so grateful for all the donations and everyone who’s been so supportive of us,” said Westman.

Schubert has also met with other volunteer PPE providers to donate additional fabric, and is actually at his store today meeting with them.

Story courtesy of Spectrum News 1

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Dale Kranz

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