In 4.5 months, we are beyond excited to announce we have surpassed our goal of making and donating 5,000 masks to healthcare workers across Southern California! As of today, we officially have donated 5,125 masks!
To donate 5,000 medical mask alternatives to healthcare heroes on the frontlines!
Project Status: Challenge Complete!
In 4.5 months, we are beyond excited to announce we have surpassed our goal of making and donating 5,000 masks to healthcare workers across Southern California! As of 19-Aug-2020, we officially have donated 5,125 masks!
There are still more masks being made, and we believe we will be able to donate almost 6,000 when all are accounted for. We will send a final count when we have it in the coming weeks, but for now, this challenge is complete and we look forward to the next one after celebrating this one!
Big milestone last week...we have officially donated 1,000 masks! 400 masks were donated to San Ysidro Health and 200 to Paradise Valley Hospital, both located near the San Diego/Mexico boarder. These areas have been getting hit hard by COVID-19 and really appreciated the large donation. Thank you to all our volunteers making these big...
Last week we reached a big milestone just a little over a month from starting this! Because of all of your help, hard work, sewing skills, last week we were able to donate 400 masks! I have attached a few pictures! Thank you all so much for helping us get to this first big donation!
Medical professionals across the US and world are running low on medical supplies, especially the N95 respirators and surgical masks worn by doctors, nurses, and patients. Without this critical PPE, the vital healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting this deadly virus and possibly passing it along to others. Medical professionals, staff members, and many others around the community have been forced to reuse these "single-use" masks, make their own from common fabric, or may not have the access to anything at all.
Our mask alternative has been designed to quickly be assembled and provided to the local hospitals and community members in need. The design mimics the research and development efforts implemented by the University of Florida's College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology - see link below. They have developed two prototypes for alternative masks that can be produced in small or large quantities using materials already found in hospitals and medical facilities.
The sewn masks are intended only to be extra supply to a healthcare facility's PPE supply, with some increased protection over a standard surgical mask. "The makeshift mask uses H600 two-ply spun polypropylene that cannot be penetrated by water, bacteria, or particles. It blocks 99.9% of particulates, making the masks about 4% more effective at blocking particulate material than the N95 masks, according to Bruce Spiess, M.D., a professor of anesthesiology in the UF College of Medicine, who made that calculation based on the manufacturer's specifications."