NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) — Twelve-thousand.
That's how many masks are being created right now for front line workers thanks to Allett Wallet's 2 for 2 donation program.
"We decided kind of last minute to turn it into a little bit bigger program and push it out to customers and see if they wanted to help out. Then it just started spreading like wildfire," said co-owner, Bridget Muscat.
To purchase for a donation is simple, you buy either a pair of adult or children masks and two masks will automatically be donated to front line workers of your choice.
"A lot of people are like 'okay my wife is a doctor or my brother and my sister are our first responder'. Others say they're firefighters or 'I'm a retired police officer' and so it's it's been pretty cool," Bridget added.
The wallet leather company, ran by a brother and sister duo works out of National City.
The requirement CDC recommended that everyone who's out in public wear masks became a saving grace when it came to their business.
"It had been about two weeks we were out of work and we knew this was going to be really difficult on our employees. So we were like 'okay well there's a shortage of masks, we have a sewing shop and I know our employees will want to help get in there and make some masks'."
Bridget said they originally had supplied for 1,400 masks for donations and purchases, "then literally overnight we sold 1,200 masks."
The program has only been in effect for about a week. Bridget said they'll do whatever it takes to keep up with the demand that has helped their business and touched their hearts.
"What feels the most amazing to me is the outpouring of support from everyone," she said. "This is a really cool way for people to help fight COVID-19 but also stay safe."