Southeast Cotton Growing Community Uses Cotton to Help Battle COVID-19

By: Monty Bain, Southeast Regional Communications Manager

Well, I hope everyone that is “non-essential” is settling in to working from home.  I know that for the farmers, it’s business as usual with field prep and planting.  I hope with all the non-essentials off the road that moving equipment from field to field is a little easier and safer.

You know, one of the things that farmers just naturally do is help others in need, and several of my producers in the Southeast are stepping up and helping during this pandemic. I have several farmers who have ventured out over the past few years and are taking their cotton and making a finished product. These cotton producers are now using those businesses to help their neighbors in the battle against COVID-19.

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Moulton, Alabama’s Redland Cotton company has switched gears from making sheets, bedding, quilts, and towels to making face masks.  Check out their story here. And they’re not the only ones.

The Woodard family’s company, Covered in Cotton, has teamed up with other companies offering farm-grown products in South Carolina to create a box collection to help local small businesses and farms. These “Snack & Snuggle” boxes provide comfort for all the folks out there working to keep our country going and keep us safe. They are donating a free box for every ten purchased to a local healthcare worker who is on the front lines battling against COVID-19.  You can Visit: www.coveredincotton.com for more information on this.    

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Southern Drawl Cotton near Tifton, Georgia, makes sheets and towels from their own cotton.  They are donating their leftover 100 percent cotton fabric and giving it to local churches to make masks for hospitals in Tifton.  Their latest donation was to Southwell – Tift Regional Medical Center. Their website is: www.southerndrawl.com  

I also heard from one of my cotton farmer’s wives today, and she has stopped her embroidery business and is busy making masks for anyone who needs them. Her masks are two layers of 100 % cotton fabric with elastic for the ears. They have no insert or nosepiece but will fit over the N95 mask. She has a 7 to 10-day turnaround time and is only asking for a $5.00 donation to cover materials and shipping.  Her masks come from a smoke-free and pet-free home. If you’re interested, email: pdgaines [at] gmail [dot] com.

And I’m sure these are not the only farmers who are stepping up to help.  Our farmers are the backbone of America. 

Thank You farmers for keeping the rest of us stocked with food and clothing!  

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