Ocean State Job Lot Launches “Mask Fabric for Free” Campaign

The Rhode Island-based retailer is supplying customers with free fabric to create DIY cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Ocean State Job Lot has launched the Mask Fabric for Free campaign to supply customers with fabric to create homemade cloth face masks. An estimated two million masks will be made from the fabric provided. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all Americans wear cloth face masks in public in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Customers can visit their nearest Ocean State Job Lot to pick up free, high-quality cotton-polyester blended fabric to craft their DIY masks. People interested in making one or two masks are given cloth napkins, while those who intend to make a larger amount of masks will be supplied with a tablecloth. To ensure that as many people as possible are able to benefit from the program, people are limited to five units of fabric. The company is also encouraging groups and organizations who can create masks at scale to speak with their local store leaders to coordinate large orders.

“During this critically important time, it’s our responsibility as community partners to think outside of the box and provide as much assistance as we can,” says Paul Conforti, chief marketing officer of Ocean State Job Lot. “While we’ve been focused on sourcing critical supplies and medical grade masks for health care professionals and first responders battling COVID-19, our ‘Mask Fabric for Free’ campaign specifically focuses on the needs of everyday people who are looking for responsible ways to protect themselves and others.”

Ocean State Job Lot also continues to utilize its global supply chain to source one million critically needed surgical and N95 face masks, which are being donated to hospitals and other medical facilities in the region. Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation donated essential items, and also sold items below cost, to local organizations including Rhode Island Hospital, Bradley Hospital, RI Free Clinic, Boston Medical Center and multiple fire and police departments. These essential items included thousands of masks, gloves, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, hazmat suits, eye protection and more.



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