March 19th 2020 - June 25th 2020
MakeMasks is a group of volunteers from all over the US, Canada, and the UK. We connected thanks to a call to action online, and once grouped up, got to work. We created backend infrastructure and built a community of incredibly passionate, talented, and rigorous sewists and organizers to make masks and get them to those in need.
MakeMasks built our purpose to provide short-term relief during the initial COVID-19 crisis to bridge the gap between PPE shortages and manufacturing ramping up to meet demands. Sewists made and shipped nearly 100K masks to facilities that requested them. We helped hospitals, healthcare clinics, animal shelters and veterinarians, frontline workers, farm laborers, the elderly, vulnerable populations, the incarcerated, daycares, libraries, foodbanks, and a streetcar service.
Our Work Continues
MakeMasks is no longer taking orders. This effort was always intended to be temporary, and so we determined and reached an endpoint as "mission accomplished." Our masks allowed people who had to keep working stay safer, and most importantly, reached them when no other masks were available.
But our volunteers are taking the knowledge and energy garnered during this incredible push to continue outreach elsewhere. Local efforts. Sewing and yarncrafts. Food insecurity. The environment. BLM. There are so many ways to help. Pitch in and make what feels best in your heart -- it'll do your heart and the world a world of good.
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