I've been working in this industry for over 5 years now and I've been lucky enough to work with a variety of manufacturers in China over the years. As you might have seen in this NYTimes article there is a shortage of necessary gear for healthcare workers and the government isn't working on this as quickly as they should.
Because of my contacts within China and my expertise with manufacturing, sourcing, and importing, I've managed to lock down several manufacturers who have pre-existing supplies of N95 masks or other PPE gear.
I have the means to source, vet, and import necessary gear to the US, but I, like many others, am trying to figure out how to make ends meet with this economic slowdown. While I'm safe, secure, and know I can borrow funds to make rent if I needed to, I do not have several thousands of dollars to spend on a product I cannot sell, but also can't imagine trying to profit off of this.
So, I'm looking to fundraise. I'm able to provide full transparency and cost breakdowns and have been talking to various hospitals and shelters. Ordering direct from manufacturers allows us to get a lower price which means we can purchase more goods to go where it's needed.
Currently, I have leads on the following items: nitrile gloves, latex gloves, hospital gowns/isolation gowns, N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, and more. For each order placed, I will clearly outline all costs (including GFM's take) so everyone can see where this progresses!
If you are a healthcare or other worker and need to REQUEST ITEMS and you are US ONLY please see the request form here: https://forms.gle/1bfqjE9ykAVgK1RK7
ARTISTS: if you would like to get involved - I do not have the time or ability to coordinate everything. If you can offer commissions, a portion of your sales toward funding this, or something else PLEASE FEEL FREE. Charge a living wage, and feel free to donate what you can, link me when you do it and I'll include it in an update.
If you would like to support Dual Wield Studio , a portion of every purchase from 3/20 - 3/30 will go toward funding this as well.
The CURRENT GOAL is to fund a purchase of approximately 1000 N95 masks at a manufacturer in China with full approvals, to be imported. Providence Everett will get the main bulk of this order, but we will attempt to accommodate you as quickly as possible. There are 3500 masks available; any money raised over the initial amount will go DIRECTLY TO PURCHASING THE REST.
For context on costs: each minimum order quantity ranges from a few thousand units to SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS not including shipping, importing, etc. Buying items and shipping them is expensive!
Other resources/makers creating items or offering help:
1. Coordinating masks with recipients .
- Fernando Zamora
- Chelsea McCallum Donaldson
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