Mask will be sold on bscsource.com in packs of 50 for $149.49
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 14, 2020) – Local nonprofit IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the U.S., has started selling cloth face masks produced at its Winston-Salem facility to the public through its online retail store, bscsource.com. The washable, 100% cotton knit masks are available in packs of 50 for $149.49 with free shipping. Larger packs of 500 masks also are available. Each sale helps provide employment for people who are blind or visually impaired.
“Earlier this month we announced that IFB would be producing masks for the U.S. Air Force and we are excited that we are now able to expand our production to include sales to the general public,” said Silas Martin, IFB Solutions chief operating officer. “The packs of 50 are ideal for businesses and other organizations for their employees, customers and clients. And each pack sold helps support IFB’s mission of providing opportunities for people who blind or visually impaired in need of employment, training and services.”
bscsource.com offers more than 500,000 different products ranging from masks to discount office supplies, office furniture and janitorial supplies. Many of the products offered at bscsource.com are made by people who are blind or visually impaired employed by nonprofit agencies like IFB Solutions.
Twenty-two people work on IFB’s mask production line, including Cole DeLuca who first connected with IFB Solutions at age 6 when he received assistive technology through the IFB Community Low Vision Center. He participated in IFB’s SEE summer camps offered free to children who are blind and later joined IFB as an optical technician. This spring, Cole received training to work as a sewing operator on the mask production line.
“Millions are unemployed. I am blessed I got the call to do this work,” said DeLuca. “I’m very proud to be sewing masks for the U.S. Air Force as well as for the general public. It’s awesome knowing that the more masks our team makes and sells through bscsource.com helps create employment opportunities for people like me who are visually impaired.”
Dropbox, courtesy of IFB Solutions, includes:
(Note: B-roll and still images show sewing of white masks available for sale to the public)
– B-roll of employees working on IFB mask production line
– Still photo of IFB plant manager Garry Russ wearing the white IFB mask
About IFB Solutions (IFB)
IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States, IFB operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark., in addition to operating nearly 20 office supply stores across the country and producing mattresses. IFB produces eyewear under its Twenty200 brand at its Winston-Salem lab and operates a retail location in Winston-Salem. IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through grants and private donations, making possible summer camps, afterschool programs and activities for children who are blind, and Community Low Vision services through its low-vision Centers across North Carolina and in Little Rock, Ark. ifbsolutions.org
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