This site has been updated with new information as of 4-5-20.
It is difficult to put into words the gratitude and thankfulness with which these masks have been received! These thanks truly belong to all of you!
As of today 2020 masks have been contributed!
They have been or are being delivered to health facilities who have expressed a need. Among these are Rogers Memorial Hospital, Froedtert Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Shorehaven Senior Living Community. There is still an urgent and ongoing need, so please keep sewing.
These masks will be used in lower risk areas of the hospitals, and not in the emergency room, ICU or other front line areas. They may also be used over other masks for additional safety, and we are daily hearing of more avenues in which masks are needed to protect people from the virus.
I will be helping at my local polling place for the upcoming election on April 7th and have made masks from patriotic fabric for the workers there.
This is something you might consider doing in your community. I simply volunteered via email to make the masks, and they were very grateful!
Please feel free to supply masks to your neighbors, friends, and family! We’re reading more and more about the benefits of all of us wearing masks when we have to go out in public. We have information to share about washing the masks at the end of this post. You may want to print it and include it with the masks you’re giving out.
The masks should be made out of good quality 100% cotton fabric (high thread count, please no flannels). The updated instructions below will help you in choosing the type of fabric. Please use discretion when selecting color and prints. They will be washed with bleach and reused. There is a need for hundreds of masks so any number you make is appreciated.
The tutorial we’d like you to use has been approved by Froedtert Hospital, Children’s as well as Rogers, and can be found at:
Masks made with elastic are still being accepted also. If you have elastic you would like to use, that pattern can be found at: https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/
If you are able to make and donate masks, please start sewing. Once you’re ready to deliver them, please put them in a sealed ziplock bag and label with the number you have made. If you made more than are in the bag and have shared them with others, please write that number on the bag also, just for our information. Thanks!
There are two options for dropping off finished masks:
Because of the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order and the closing of non-essential businesses, Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc will no longer be collecting these masks. They are still urgently needed and can be dropped off at Gina Magnus’ home:
1025 N. Morgan Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Her home has a circle drive and the masks can be put in a marked bin on the back porch without making human contact. It’s not far from Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc and a good reason to take a ride out in the country 😊.
If you would prefer to have your masks picked up, you may call or text Gina at (262)424-7640
The second option is:
Sew Much More; 2140 W Saint Paul Avenue in Waukesha. Even though the store is closed, they are accepting masks in a box in front of the store, Monday – Friday, from 10 – 2 . Wendy recently told me that if you are running low on fabric (LOL) or have a need for a specific print (ie. patriotic), you may call the store and they will bring your order out to you curbside. (262) 547-7774
Printing this information out and giving it to those you give masks to might be a good idea 😊:
“These masks are clean but not sanitized. They are meant to be washed daily and reused over and over again. Machine wash in warm water in a lingerie bag. Then tumble dry on medium heat. If you don’t have a lingerie bag, then hand wash with warm water and laundry detergent (the detergent is the important part). You may need a warm iron to press pleats and restore shape after taking out of the dryer.”
Thank you again for all your generosity and enthusiasm!
If you are not in Wisconsin, you may want to contact your local hospitals/clinics to see if you can be of help to them. Thanks!