Over the past few weeks, we have seen so many artists stepping up to the task of sewing face masks as a form of protection during this global pandemic.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our curbside pickup of cotton fabric on March 24 in order to sew face masks for health care settings in need! This fabric came from our stash of donated fabric to the Garage Sale (currently postponed, with a date TBD!). Unfortunately, we have no elastic leftover.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a recommendation that everyone should, “wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
Below you will find some resources we have pulled together for you to shop fabric masks, or make your own!
Masks for sale through Textile Center’s Shop
Resources to make masks!
Noted by organizations as safe for frontline health care workers
Please make sure any donated masks are following the guidelines of the health system you are donating to.
Good for personal use, not intended for frontline health care workers
Opportunities to help
Join a group from the University of Minnesota sewing masks for healthcare workers at 27 hospices and hospitals throughout the Twin Cities. Around 3,000 masks have been requested. For more information, contact Anne Morehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s Office of Facilities Management has requested help securing and/or making masks for our essential workers on campus. The University’s supply is low, and shortages are making it difficult to purchase more. If you have any available, or if you are making masks and would be interested in donating them, please send them to Ruthann Manlet, Facilities Management, 57 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Million Masks a Day has put together a database of facilities in every state that are in need of masks. Check it out here: millionmasksaday.com/we-need-masks
Mask MVMT is “a local, grassroots mutual-aid effort to connect mask-makers with the people who need them.” Requests masks for your organization, or get involved in making masks and view current service areas.