There’s no doubt that many retailers are struggling right now. But a few have found a way to give back to their communities. Some are making face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), some are donating supplies to the medical communities, some are supporting meals for people who need them, and some are donating cash to various relief organizations. So. If you’d like to support some of the retailers who are committed to giving back, here’s a list of our favorites.
Face Masks, Medical Gear & Meals: 31 Retailers Donating Essentials During The Coronavirus Pandemic
You can preorder Alice and Olivia’s *really cute* printed mask. A mask is donated to medical staff for every order.
After donating $500,00 worth of shoes to the healthcare community, allbirds has opened up a way for us to support the cause as well. Buying a pair of shoes will also automatically supply a second pair to a healthcare worker. If you’re not in the market for another pair of shoes, you can still donate a specially priced pair of Wool Runners as well.
Avocado Mattress has a Giving Program where they donate 1% of all corporate revenue to vetted environmental nonprofits. In addition to that, they’re supporting the EcoHealth Alliance — their mission is to “prevent the migration of deadly disease spilling over from animals into humans to stop pandemics and promote conservation.” They’re also making organic cotton face masks.
Also contributing to the current fight against the pandemic, Burberry is fast-tracking the delivery of 100,00 surgical masks to the UK National Health Service while also using a factory to make non-surgical gowns and masks for patients in the UK. In addition they are funding research by the University of Oxford for a single-dose vaccine, and donating to charities like FareShare and The Felix Project to help people struggling with affording food.
5. Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein has donated products in the US and the Netherlands to support frontline healthcare workers. They’re also a founding partner and donor of OutRight Action International’s COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund. In addition, Calvin Klein’s parent company, PVH, has given $1M toward COVID-19 relief, which includes a $100,000 donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, $275,000 to the Chinese Society of the Red Cross, and $50,000 to A Common Thread (the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund initiative for the American fashion community affected by COVID-19.) They have also started shipping 2M+ units of Personal Protective Equipment to the Montefiore Health System in NY.
Casetify has already donated 10,000 masks, but for every cloth mask purchased on their site, a mask is donated to a medical professional.
Citizens of Humanity is offering preorders on their 5-pack masks. So many people had ordered them, that they had to pause and implement a waitlist (which may happen again.) They have also focused their production on making masks for frontline workers.
Dyson has developed a new ventilator to help treat coronavirus patients. They’ve pledged to donate 10,000 ventilators to help fight COVID-19 in the U.K.
Support small artists on Etsy by purchasing their homemade masks. There are a number of sellers offering buy-1, donate-1 support for essential workers. There are lots of colors and patterns to choose from, as well as child-size masks!
If you donate $10 or more to Feeding America (by adding it to your bag) you’ll receive the code: FIGHTHUNGER30 and get 30% off your purchase.
11. Gap Inc.
Gap is switching factory production to focus on making PPE (masks, gowns and scrubs) for frontline health care workers. So we can feel good shopping from their sister companies (Athleta, Banana Republic, Intermix) too.
12. Good American
Good American has donated 30,000 masks to hospitals, is donating $1M worth of denim to medical staff, and has masks available for purchase. For every mask purchased, they donate a mask to a local organization. They’re also donating a portion of their proceeds to Baby2Baby (which provides children in poverty with necessities in light of the pandemic.)
13. HUGO BOSS
HUGO BOSS is focusing their production and manufacturing into making 180,000 face masks for multiple public facilities. They’re also giving 20% of their US sales to the American Red Cross.
14. Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is donating 50% of proceeds from their Everlyne Bracelet to Feeding America’s COVID-19 fund. The sale of one bracelet provides 200 meals, and Kendra Scott has committed to a minimum of $50,000 for meals at local food banks through the program.
15. Lingua Franca
Lingua Franca has a collection (“Do Your Part; Stay Apart”) dedicated to making awareness for COVID-19. 10% of the proceeds from each sweater purchased supports the National Domestic Workers Alliance. They’re also distributing homemade face masks, find out how here.
A joint effort with Kaas Tailored, alteration teams in different parts of the US are sewing more than 100,000 masks for healthcare workers. Nordstrom is also donating to different relief efforts like Youthcare and the Seattle Foundation.
This group of brands is set to support Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry by making a minimum contribution of $250,000 to each charity, as well as matching donations from customers and team members up to $1 million in total.
18. RAIS CASE
Their eco-cotton twill face masks are reusable after being washed. Purchasing face masks directly supports the teams of people working on sewing these masks, and also aids in RAIS CASE’s effort to donate masks to essential workers.
19. Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren has pledged $10M to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Emergency Assistance Foundation, and his Pink Pony Fund to support at-risk cancer patients. They’re also producing 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns for healthcare workers.
Reformation is currently partnered with the City of Los Angeles to make masks for essential workers, and keep medical-grade PPE available for healthcare workers. These masks are washable and reusable. Masks are available for purchase, and Reformation offers an option to donate. Due to high demand, there’s currently a waitlist in place until production can catch up with orders.
Rothy’s is currently, “donating to organizations, sourcing incredible ideas and creating programs to open-source knowledge.” They’ve dedicated one-third of their factory for mask production, which they will release soon. You can sign up to be notified.
Saks Fifth Avenue is donating $250,000 to New York-Presbyterian’s COVID-19 Patient Care Fund to provide masks and ventilators, $200,000 to Bring Change to Mind to create virtual programs for high school students for isolation relief, and $150,000 to Girls Inc. to provide social and emotional support for girls.
Sanctuary Clothing is making disposable 5-pack sets in assorted colors that are available to pre-order (and should ship by April 15.) For every mask purchased, they’re able to donate a mask to organizations in need. They’re producing over 5 million n95 masks for medical professionals working on the frontline.
24. Social Threads
Social Threads donated over $10,000 of their own proceeds from the past month to Direct Relief, the humanitarian aid organization providing medical equipment where it’s needed. Keep an eye out for what they’ll do next — we’re sure it will be great.
Summersalt is donating $15 of every $125 to No Kid Hungry’s COVID-19 relief program. It’s also changing its regular customer service into a platform to provide emotional support — it’s a free text message hotline that offers help during this time. Their “team will send over a 10-minute meditation video, self-care ideas or a puppy GIF.”
Fast Retailing, Theory’s parent company, is donating 10 million masks to medical facilities all around the world.
If you’ve got the materials and a bit of a can-do attitude, Tieks is offering gift cards in exchange for mask donations to hospitals. 25 masks stitched and donated = a $50 gift card, and 50 or more masks stitched and donated = $100 gift card. They provide steps on how to make the masks along with the steps needed to apply for a gift card. In tandem, Tieks has been making lower-grade masks to send to hospitals and donating medical-grade masks as well within the Los Angeles area.
28. True & Co.
True & Co.’s parent organization is PVH Corp, the clothing company that owns Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, IZOD, Warner’s, Olga, True & Co., and more. They’ve given $1M toward COVID-19 relief, which includes a $100,000 donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, $275,000 to the Chinese Society of the Red Cross, and $50,000 to A Common Thread (the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund initiative for the American fashion community affected by COVID-19.) They have also started shipping 2M+ units of Personal Protective Equipment to the Montefiore Health System in NY. Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger have also donated products to support frontline healthcare workers in the US and Netherlands.
29. Under Armour
Under Amour pledged $1M to Feeding America and $1M to Good Sports (which will provide youth sport leagues with equipment/apparel.) They’re also in the process of making face masks, shields, specially-equipped fanny packs AND they’re looking into making hospital gowns. Use the code: WFH25 to get 25% off your purchase.
Fast Retailing, Uniqlo’s parent company, is donating 10 million masks to facilities around the world. In the U.S, Fast Retailing is donating 1.05 million masks through UNIQLO USA. Uniqlo has a variety of bandanas, if you want to support the AND make your own mask.
Vince is producing 30,000 masks for the hardest-hit hospitals in NYC and LA. They’re also donating to Million Mask Challenge to give the masks where they’re most needed. The week of April 6, they hosted a charity auction where all of the proceeds go to Meals On Wheels and God’s Love We Deliver. You can also get 25% off site-wide with the code: STAYHOME25
Sending all the support and good vibes your way.
Danielle, Syd & Lex