Headlines are rough these day, and while it is easier said than done, it’s important to look on the bright side whenever possible. Luckily, our industry is uniquely positioned to be of service during these trying times. Ecommerce companies in particular are stepping up. Here is a short list of the brands, companies, and institutions working to provide relief during the COVID pandemic.
Verb Energy – free caffeinated energy bars to anyone in healthcare working long hours.
Figs – donating 30,000 scrubs to US hospitals over the next two months
Allbirds – donating a pair of Tuke Matcha Wool Runners as a small token for being on the front lines and helping to keep our communities healthy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a pair of Wool Runners while supplies last.
LVMH – perfume manufacturer behind Christian Dior, Givenchy, and other luxury brands. Currently developing free hand sanitizer (hydroalcoholic gel) for French health authorities.
L’Oréal – producing hand sanitizer at its factories and plans to donate 1 million euros to associations helping the disadvantaged.
Zara – donating masks to Spanish healthcare workers and patients.
Christian Siriano – offering to make free face masks for medical service workers amidst the coronavirus outbreak relief efforts in New York.
H&M – announced it would use its supply network to source personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union.
The National Council of Textile Organizations NCTO – bringing together a coalition of iconic American apparel/textile companies to fast-track the manufacturing of medical masks.
Lowe’s – donating $10 million for essential protective products for medical professionals on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus.
Gap – offering use of its factory resources to make personal protective equipment including face masks, gowns, and scrubs for healthcare workers on the front lines.
Canada Goose – reopening two of its manufacturing facilities and begin producing medical scrubs and patient gowns to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Igloo – donating 100% of profits from their Playmate coolers to the CDC Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund until April 20.
For small businesses: various loans
- This Tweet thread from Bill D’Alessandro notes several loan options
- NYC.gov’s Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus
- US Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Assistance