Nail salon workers make personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel

Posted at 3:55 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 21:33:54-04

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — A local nail salon has been converted into a small sewing factory to make personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

Zen Nails on Nolensville Pike is making masks, face shields, and gowns.

Diep Luc and his wife, Trang Nguyen, are the owners. They said this is their way to thank healthcare workers who need protection from COVID-19.

So far, they’ve created 5,000-6,000 masks that have been donated to area hospitals like St. Thomas and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Now, their operation is expanding as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging people to wear masks out in public. “They advised people to wear masks when they go out now so we have a lot of people in community looking for masks now,” Luc said.

Now, they’re also making masks for folks in the community. At first, they were using elastic but it’s in short supply, so they’re using a more comfortable material. Nguyen said her brother is teaching workers to sew as her family had a dress-making business in Vietnam.

Luc and Nguyen believe making PPE’s is the perfect way to give back to nurses and doctors who are sacrificing so much on the front lines in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

If you would like a mask, you can contact Zen Nails on Facebook. They’re also accepting donations that will go towards purchasing supplies so they can continue making personal protective equipment.