Many people know Vera Bradley for their colorful paisley prints and feminine tote bags. But don’t let their easy-going travel accessories fool you, this brand is serious about giving back.
With a history of large donations through the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, a partnership with New Hope Girls, and a commitment to providing food to elementary students through Blessings in a Backpack, it should come as no surprise they were one of the first companies to step up during the COVID-19 crisis.
CEO Rob Wallstrom said in a statement, “Our hearts go out to all affected by COVID-19 and to the courageous people serving on the front lines in our communities. We’re proud to be able to pivot our operations, lend a helping hand, and create a product with so much purpose.”
Vera Bradley is partnering with local health officials to support the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals on the front lines with medical-grade face masks and wearables. The brand is also selling their VB Healthcare Collection including scrubs, lab coats, warm-up jackets and accessories to all healthcare professionals at a discounted rate.
As of March 23, Vera Bradley Associates in their Fort Wayne distribution center began producing non-medical face masks for the general public to use. Since these masks are being produced on a much smaller scale, they are selling out quickly—especially since it is becoming increasing clear to everyone that wearing facemasks may be the norm for the foreseeable future.
Thank you to Vera Bradley for quickly figuring out how their expertise and materials can help healthcare professionals on the front lines.
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