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How You Can Help Medical Workers Across The Country By Making Face Masks At Home
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, our medical workers remain the heroes at the front lines. The growing shortage of essential medical protective supplies such as face masks, has many people trying to figure out how they can help out. Volunteers across the country are donating their time to create and deliver homemade face masks to local medical facilities. And now, JOANN is doing their part by providing instructional videos and supplies to reach their goal of supplying 100,000,000 masks.
The CDC has declared that in a time of crisis as we are in now, handmade masks are acceptable and can provide healthcare workers with an additional layer of protection, saving their low supply surgical grade mask inventory.
“We are incredibly proud of our Team Members and countless volunteers across the country who are supporting Make To Give. Millions of protective masks have been donated already to support healthcare workers,” says Wade Miquelon, President and CEO of JOANN, in a statement.
According to JOANN’s website, making a face mask does require an intermediate level of sewing knowhow, but the detailed videos and PFD instructions provided by medical partners will certainly offer enough guidance to anyone with a little determination.
JOANN recommends using cotton fabric since it’s easy to work with and affordable. If you don’t have cotton samples at home, you can purchase them on the JOANN website.
This is a grassroots effort, and JOANN will connect with hospitals near their stores to donate the items, so they can be used at the hospital’s discretion. JOANN is also working with larger hospitals and medical facilities to secure fabric, elastic and clear vinyl – all materials that they understand to be in short supply at many facilities.
When completed, simply drop your masks off at any open JOANN location, or donate to a local organization in need. Please check with the entity before donating to ensure they can accept handmade masks.