4/2/20 Masks have arrived to our SF warehouse. (see update)
Wow! We hit our goal of $23K in just 5 days. Huge thanks to everyone who donated and helped spread the word. Let's try and get another 10K masks by hitting $46K.
My name is Ken Minn, the Founder of Kenu www.kenu.com in San Francisco, and we've pivoted our focus from making smartphone accessories to help provide face masks to the people who need them most. We've been fortunate enough to leverage our supply chain network in Asia to secure KN95 face masks (FDA/CE certified) from one of our factory partners.
A $5 contribution will cover 2 masks to protect our friends and family on the front lines.
Our cost is approximately $2.30 per mask, which includes delivery from Asia to our warehouse, customs entry, and delivery to the hospitals. We're only asking for donations to cover our operational expenses so we can provide them to hospitals free of charge. For comparison, some U.S. hospitals affected by the shortage plan to pay up to $7/unit from a source in Mexico. Any funds we raise over our goal will go directly towards purchasing more PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supplies.
"Right now, PPE is a critical limiting factor for us, forcing us to choose between performing necessary, urgent surgeries and protecting our health and the health of those we work with." -Dr. Dylan Chan, MD, phD; Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, UC San Francisco
We've been hearing from our own friends and family in health care that workers are being told to reuse one-time masks, or even bandanas! We believe our loved ones and community needs the best protection against infection that they can possibly get so we can flatten the curve as soon as possible.
My clinic/hospital needs masks, how can I get them?
If you would like us to distribute masks to a specific hospital group or area, please let us know by using the "Contact Me" button below.
Thank you, and stay healthy!
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