Members of the sales and management team of Sterling, Illinois-headquartered distributor HALO Branded Solutions donated 2,000 three-ply, disposable face masks to the New Friends Homeless Center in Woodland Hills, California. HALO brought several million of these masks in for their salesforce to sell to customers and held a contest to promote this offering. The Western Region sold the most cases, and one of the perks of the contest was the ability to donate the two cases of masks to a worthy recipient.

HALO’s Regional Vice President Rick Greene, MAS (right), along with Harvey Ex (left) and Vivian Weitz of HALO (above, second from right), and Weitz’s husband, Emmy-award winning actor and Hill Street Blues star Bruce Weitz (center), met with CEO April Belt of New Friends Center in July to donate the two cases of masks for the visiting homeless community in the San Fernando Valley, where NFC hosts Sunday meals.


Hanes has launched a campaign, #MaskAround, to underscore the importance of wearing a face mask in public and is donating one million masks to those experiencing homelessness across the country to support it. Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as suppliers Hanes/Champion/ComfortWash and Alternative Apparel. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19. With its #MaskAround campaign, Hanes is supporting the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by challenging followers to embrace face masks and encourage others to do the same.

To ensure that those in need have access to face coverings, Hanes is donating one million face masks nationwide to nonprofits that support people who are experiencing homelessness, including Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net.





Distributor has created a small business assistance program to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Medley, Florida-based company selected six diverse businesses in South Florida and awarded a combined $12,000 in customized promotional items from including face masks, no-contact thermometers, hand sanitizer, shirts, coffee mugs, backpacks and logoed tote bags.  

Among the six program participants that were each awarded $2,000 in merchandise is Mojo Donuts with locations in Westchester, Coral Gables and Pembroke Pines, Florida. Owned by Jimmy Piedrahita, Willie Munoz and founder Shawn Neifeld, Mojo Donuts prides itself on having the best gourmet donuts in town. It’s the first and only donut shop to be featured on the Food Network’s show Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. “During these times of uncertainty, receiving donations like these means hope to all our staff and their loved ones,” says Piedrahita.


James Khattak is news editor of PPB.