Sand Socks Inc., a small beach sportswear company in Buda, has switched its business model to offer fabric masks for individuals and in bulk during the coronavirus pandemic.

The face masks are not medically certified, but they are made with layers of heavy fabrics like spandex and polyester that help provide protection, according to a release sent by Sand Socks.

In efforts to help those fighting the pandemic from the front line, Sand Socks has donated over 1,500 masks to first responders including the Buda, Kyle and San Marcos police departments, local post offices, doctor's offices, local clinics and more.

In addition, the growing demand for face masks is allowing the company to expand its staff with full-time and part-time positions in sales and in warehouse personnel and encourages Hays County residents to apply.