Health workers everywhere are in need of protective masks for both their employees and patients. Apply to be an ambassador for this project at your school to work with a team of teenagers and with hospitals nearby to stitch masks for their workers – and make a difference to flatten the high curve of unmanageable cases at hospitals.
By now, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “flatten the curve” – which is being done through acts such as social distancing, washing your hands, and staying careful. However, you can take this an extra step through making 5-10 masks a day and donating them to hospitals in your area. While taking precautions such as washing your hands are absolutely necessary, there needs to be people taking action and helping those who are risking their lives to save others – and that’s why we formed this project.
H O W T O G E T I N V O L V E D
Here is what you need to do:
1) Look to see if there are existing organizations in your city that are currently working with hospitals to deliver homemade masks. For example, We Can Sew It is an organization in Chicago working with Saint Joseph Hospital and SLC during the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is such an organization, start making masks and donate it to them using their procedure! Continue reading to find more instructions.
2) In order to maximize efficiency, we strongly recommend that you form a team of people to create and donate masks – however, going solo works too!
3) If you do not have a local organization already handling the masks such as Operation We Can Sew It, find local hospitals that are in need of masks (through reaching out to as many hospitals as you can). After all, all hospitals are now running out of resources – and need all the help they can get.
4) Follow these instructions provided by Operation We Can Sew It to actually create the masks.
5) If you are not working through an organization and are donating directly to a hospital (with their cooperation), make sure to discuss with the main contacts at the hospitals what the safest way is for you to get the masks to them.
6) And that’s it! Comment any questions you have down below, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to work on this project, apply to become an ambassador for your school, and get your picture on our website!