Facebook helps Huntsville non-profit make 9,000 COVID masks for hospitals
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Phoenix Industries COVID masks
A grant from Facebook helped a Huntsville, Ala., nonprofit produce 9,000 washable COVID masks for area hospitals.

Huntsville’s non-profit disability jobs center Phoenix turned its expert sewers to producing COVID-19 masks this spring with some help from Facebook. The result is more than 9,000 washable face masks for local hospitals.

Phoenix has provided jobs for thousands of disabled workers over its 50-year history and built a relationship with the Department of Defense and a reputation for quality sewn products.

Asked to contribute to the pandemic effort, Phoenix was juggling its essential contracts and its own pandemic concerns, the organization said. Facebook’s $25,000 grant helped Phoenix sew the masks while meeting its defense commitments.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to help Phoenix and its skilled workforce with needed financial resources to shift gears and fulfill a community need,” Facebook Community Development Regional Manager Katie Comer said in a statement. “Huntsville is home to our data center as well as our employees and their families, so connecting with community programs is so important to Facebook, especially in light of the current crisis.”

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