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CAIR-LA Partners with AST Sportswear to Donate Non-Surgical Masks to Vulnerable Southern Californians

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 3/26/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced it has partnered with AST Sportswear to donate non-surgical grade cotton masks to vulnerable people throughout Southern California during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership with AST Sportswear, the largest T-shirt manufacturer in the United States, is aimed at providing some protection for workers coming in contact with others, as well as the elderly and residents at places including assisted-living facilities and homeless shelters. 

AST Sportswear recently shifted its business model and trained its 500-employee workforce to produce three-layered cotton masks for donation to medical personnel and other first responders. 

SEE: T-Shirt Manufacturer Makes Free Masks To Help Coronavirus Responders, Keep Workers Employed

Muslim-owned business serving during COVID-19 crisis

This is a great example of a Muslim-owned business that is providing service during this pandemic.AST Sportswear halted all its manufacturing and shifted into making face masks and donating them to hospitals.Let's each do what we can to defeat this pandemic. As reported by ABC/7: AST Sportswear used to make Bayside t-shirts and other apparel. Now they’re making washable face masks and donating and shipping for free to hospitals and others in need across the U.S. The move also keeps their 500 employees with work in Brea during these tough times.

Posted by CAIR – Greater Los Angeles on Saturday, March 21, 2020

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“In light of the shortage of medical grade masks in the country, CAIR-LA is proud to be able to partner with AST Sportswear to donate these face masks to assist the most vulnerable get some protection during this pandemic. We are proud to see a Muslim-owned business stepping up to assist people – for free – and keep its employees working in this time of crisis.”

CAIR-LA began the partnership with AST Sportwear earlier this week by donating 1,000 non-surgical grade cotton masks to the City of Los Angeles for first responders and essential workers.

“When the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti expressed an interest in launching an effort to distribute masks to Angelinos engaged in activities that still bring them in contact with other people, we were happy to participate with AST Sportswear to assist,” Ayloush said.

Anyone wishing to donate for the production of face masks can do so by visiting: https://www.launchgood.com/project/masks_for_coronavirus_crisis#!/

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or efields@cair.com

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