Bank Independent employees have been busy working after hours in recent weeks — sewing protective masks.
Employees throughout the bank's north Alabama locations have collectively sewn and distributed more than 1,000 masks for hospitals in the region.
The project, headed by the bank's Community Engagement team, was inspired by hundreds of other grassroots efforts around the country.
Chief People Officer Penny Camp said some front-line workers were sewing between transactions, and office support was cutting patterns between spreadsheets.
"We also had some team members who'd been sent home early on for health reasons and they suddenly found their purpose outside of their typical role, creating masks," said Camp.
The masks have been distributed to Helen Keller Hospital, North Alabama Medical Center, Athens-Limestone Hospital, Huntsville Hospital and Decatur-Morgan Hospital.