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Milliken donates reusable gowns to schools

Addressing the need for additional PPE as schools return to in-person learning.

29th April 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Columbia, SC, USA

Industrial, Protective

Milliken & Company has donated more than 23,000 reusable fabric gowns to Richland County School District One in Columbia, South Carolina. The donation will help to address the need for additional PPE as schools return to in-person learning.

“Teachers across the country continue to face some of the most challenging situations in response to the pandemic,” said Chad McAllister, executive vice president president of Milliken’s Textile Division. “Our hope is that this gown donation helps Richland One teachers feel empowered and, most importantly, safe while they work to educate our community’s children.”

”Richland One would like to thank Milliken for its generous donation,” said Eunice Jones, Richland One’s coordinator of nursing services. “Keeping our students and staff safe is our priority. This donation will allow continued support to our staff by allowing them to have the necessary resources to provide high quality care.”

The donation was possible due to a limited supply of excess inventory of Level 1 PPE gowns at an SC-based Milliken manufacturing facility. In response to the pandemic, the Textile Division at Milliken pivoted its manufacturing process to begin supplementing US demand for PPE, specifically Level 1 PPE gowns. These gowns can be laundered up to 25 times, making them a sustainable alternative to single-use gowns.

The donation to Richland One follows a similar donation to 15 school districts across Upstate South Carolina in October 2020. In total, Milliken has donated more than 46,000 reusable fabric gowns to teachers across South Carolina.

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