LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Health care workers across the country are struggling with a shortage of personal protective equipment.
That's why a company in Little Rock is now dedicated to making and donating PPE to those who need it most.
Ty Garments usually manufactures sportswear, but now they're focusing on making face masks during the COVID-19 crisis.
"Ever since the CDC recommended people wear fabric masks to save surgical masks for the hospitals, we began sewing them," manufacturing manager Joey Walsh said.
Walsh said his team is using leftover t-shirt material to sew and make around 1,000 of the cloth masks a day.
"We've already received about 12,000 orders, and that's just within a few days," he said.
Walsh said the company is also donating surgical masks and disposable protective coveralls to healthcare workers.
He said a supply was recently taken to UAMS.
"If we don't have the equipment, we can't keep our caregivers safe," CEO of the hospital Steppe Mette said."That means we can't take care of the patients well."
Mette said Ty Garments is one of dozens of donors stepping up.
"I have never lived in a community where there is such an outpouring of support and giving," Mette said.
As for Walsh, he says it's a team effort.
"Our headquarters is in China, and we have a facility here in Arkansas so we are looking out for one another on both sides of the world," he said.
Those with TY Garments say they are preparing to make another big donation of suits and surgical masks to first responders Thursday.
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