The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

Hundreds of thousands of cloth face masks and surgical gowns for health care workers are being produced by employees of Beehive Clothing’s six facilities around the world to help address local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The facilities are owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We, as a global church, have sought ways to help and reach out to our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world. One way that we can help is through offering our services from our sewing facilities,” said Peggy Cowherd, managing director of the Church’s Materials Management Department.

The facilities are located in Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, the Philippines and the U.S. (in Salt Lake City and American Fork, Utah). Employees shifted their work from producing sacred clothing to sewing medical-grade gowns and cloth face masks after the project received approval from the First Presidency in mid-April.

“Across those six facilities we have about 1,000 employees, and 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 Cowherd.

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