THE COMMUNITY NEED
We are responding to urgent calls for community volunteers to sew reusable, sanitizable cloth masks that fit over scarce N95 masks, for distribution to medical facilities in the Washington, DC, Seattle, and Arizona communities.
The need is immediate and critical. This is how one northern Virginia nursing home official described their condition:
"Our mask supply is dwindling, and patients have begun to refuse to let nurses come into their home to treat because they are fearful of the virus. Unfortunately, that may land them back in the hospital where they are at much more at risk for the virus, not to mention bed unavailability greatly increases fatality rate. Patients at facilities where we treat have already started testing positive for the virus. All of our patients are Medicare-aged and our average patient age is 79 years old. Any masks you could donate for asymptomatic staff and patients to protect themselves would be greatly appreciated!"
We need an initial $5,000 to cover direct costs to buy materials and distribute masks. This should cover the cost of around 5,000 masks.
For the Washington, DC effort, we have recruited more than 20 sewing volunteers in Falls Church, Virginia. Sewing volunteers are also at work in Seattle-area communities and Arizona, as well. This fund supports all of those efforts, which are being managed jointly by members of the Allvin family.
We are following CDC guidelines for mask design and hygiene, and are making every effort to meet hospital needs. They are designed to be worn over N95 masks, and can be cleaned and sanitized along with hospital scrubs for reuse.
PROGRESS SO FAR
As of Thursday (3/26), sewing volunteers have made, and we have distributed, 125 masks to a Falls Church nursing home with two COVID-19 patients among its residents, and 275 to the DC-based clinic Mary's Center, which serves the uninsured and other vulnerable populations.
We want to fund creation of thousands more, because the need is vast and acute.
We are raising $5,000 to cover anticipated expenses. We need to source the materials, assemble them, and get them delivered.
We are keeping a running tally of funds raised and how they are used. I am using my business bank account, so donations are not going into anyone's personal checking account. My business is communications consulting, unrelated to this effort, so please know that this not a subtle sales ploy. My website is at www.cloud-2-ground.com. I can be reached at (202) 868-1194.
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