30 MAY, 2020: This week, MediMasks is responding to an urgent call for help from the Navajo Nation - and a specific requests for cloth masks!! We have been able to produce a record breaking 450 masks in just one week! And our community of active donors just topped 200! Special gratitude for all of the repeat donations to meet this need!!!
We're continuing to produce and deliver sterilized reusable cotton masks to hospital and clinic staff, physicians, nurses, therapists, firefighters and front line EMTs, many of whom still have no other facial protection. Right now, the Navaho Nation is in tremendous need - and we are sending MediMasks to their clinics this week!! We're hoping that your continued donations will keep up with the speed of production and distribution!!
Thank you for being part of this amazing and growing community of generous donors!!!
We were stunned to learn, back in March, that local hospitals didn't have enough masks, even in Labor and Delivery. We heard from Emergency Room staff in a large Bay Area hospital that they had no facial protection of any sort. Then we started hearing from firefighters and EMTs - also with no masks. The need was overwhelming.
Kaiser Permanente was delighted to accept our first batch of washable fabric masks, made at home by Melody Chavis, who has continued to be the at heart of this project, from the initial design to organizing the inspection, sterilization, packaging and personal delivery of every mask.
We started with a simple plan for getting 1,000 hand sewn masks to hospitals and front line medical workers quickly:
We located a fabric cutter and a skilled seamstress who were suddenly without work. We received generous donations of 100% cotton fabric from many friends, including hand-crafted fabric artists Laura and Kiran. The world renowned fashion designer Giselle Shepatin was central to the project from the start and provided us with a beautiful and safe studio space, equipment, hard to find elastic - and so much more!!
The gratitude that we've received from front line medical workers, firefighters and EMTs - now in five local counties, is overwhelming.
Here is one of many thank you's we've received:
"Good Morning my name is Juan I’m an EMT here in Contra Costa County, hope I’m not Bothering you this early, I just Wanted to Say thank You from all of us in Coco County EMS we Really apreciate you and your friends taking time ... to make these masks for us. "
Our hope was that this would be a very temporary situation. But sadly, we continue to be flooded with heart-rending requests. This week it is the VA Hospitals.
We are increasing our production capacity, with the ability to pay additional seamstresses as the project grows. BB Borowitz has joined our team of volunteers, as outreach co-ordinator, and Geri Redpath has jumped in to co-ordinate pickups and deliveries - with an all electric car! Several additional teams have stepped up to help with sterilization and packaging of individual masks.
As we continue to collect funds, we pledge to direct 100% of these resources toward the manufacture of protective MEDIMASKS- and their safe delivery to the medical facilities and front line medical personnel where they are most needed.
With gratitude, love and hope,
Vivien, Melody, Giselle, Alicia, BB, Enrique, Micha, Sara, Mike, Lisa, Geri, John, Jan, Cliff and Jeff
- betsy blakeslee
- Robert Scalettar
- Joanne Orion Miller
- Margery Goldberg