Hi everyone ~
Do you remember what I recently wrote about all the art we’re doing during the Great Hunkering? That’s not what we’re doing.
Bodil and some friends have started sewing medical masks for health care workers, and I have been working to help coordinate efforts. We are fielding requests for hundreds of masks at this point. Currently we are distributing masks to Kaiser Vallejo, Kaiser Antioch, Oakland Children’s Hospital and Alta Bates Berkeley, all Bay Area hospitals. We are going the un-official route ~ getting them to nurses that work at these facilities who distribute them to their co-workers. They report that the people who get them are really grateful, and our home-made masks are most definitely being used and may be saving lives.
If you live nearby and would like to help by sewing, donating materials or identifying needs please let me know.
If not ~ I’d encourage you to do something similar in your own locale if you are so inclined and equipped. The need is real.
HERE is a short video we put together to show the mask style we have been using. This design, by our friend Ruby Wallis, is quick and easy to make and fits over an N95 mask which extends its life. We know these masks are not ideal, but they are much better than the nothing which is currently available. Please share.
This is a photo of some nurses at Kaiser Vallejo wearing our masks.
Please forgive any cross-posting.
Stay safe everyone!