This blog post began a diary-in-progress as I jump into the call to make face masks. It now has a menu:
- Click here if you need masks for your healthcare-related environment
- Click here if you are looking to drop off masks you've made. (They can be masks made with any online pattern—if you made masks on your own without guidance, and need to simply deliver)
- Click here if you can sew and follow patterns, and want to begin making masks
- Daily diary posts have been moved to their own page, click here to read.
Keep reading below if you want to help, and don't know how
First and foremost, It is important to note that the most important kind of mask—the N95—is NOT what fabric masks are being called to replace. If you happen to have ANY type of unused industry mask on hand, find a nearby hospital and DONATE IT!
Also: Hand-washing, social distancing and self-quarantine are considered more effective measures for ordinary citizens.
It's true: Fabric masks are a last resort. Statistics on their efficacy aren't that promising. They can vary from maker to maker based on the materials we have on hand.
What they ARE good for right now is filling in gaps—we are told they are better than nothing. Offering any type of mask (instead of nothing at all) may ease the anxiety of a worried person. Some might want to provide a barrier between their talking, coughs and sneezes as a courtesy to others. There may be non-medical personnel working in health care facilities who should be saving the N95s for the doctors and nurses, but might want a mask. Using last-resort masks for these reasons allows us to save and store industry-made masks to be ready for the most high-risk tasks. Like surgery.
There is also the growing concern these masks may be the only choice left when other masks are simply not available.
I'm working on masks in my small factory setting with help from my family and a network of neighbors. Recently, all masks have been claimed as soon as they are finished. If you need masks for your facility, click here.
If you'd like to help, please consider a National Picnic gift card. I am donating fabric I already own toward these masks, and all the time I put into this effort. Our masks are distributed to healthcare personnel free of charge.
Any patronage will help me immediately to pay shop rent and other looming bills, and to order elastic and wire, more fabric needed for masks. Business is, understandably, becoming scarce and I'm not able to make clothing to fill my shop while I'm making masks.
It's not a donation—you can redeem a gift card at any time—but if you wait until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, I promise I'll find a way to add something special. It will be a beautiful day when we can see the end of this extraordinary life-changing event.