Support our health care workers and community during Covid-19 pandemic
As a response to Covid-19 outbreak, I started an initiative in April 2020 to personally make and distribute cotton face masks and scrub caps to local community via NextDoor. Alameda county is one of the hardest hit area for Covid-19 outbreak, and I feel called to make a little difference.
Two months later, there are more than 460 face masks and 140 scrub caps made and distributed to the Castro Valley, CA neighborhoods and beyond.
Materials for making face masks and scrub caps are largely, generously provided through the kindness of neighbors – cotton sheets, threads, elastics, filter materials. All fabrics are cut and sewn in my home sewing studio on demand basis, using free patterns available online. They are then porch picked up, or in rare cases, delivered to the recipient’s porch. To date, they are distributed to healthcare workers, nursing home facility workers, essential job workers, families with high risk / immunocompromised / disabled members.
Recent news of Covid-19 make it clearer that we are to live with this pandemic situation in a prolonged state of time. After initially experiencing a downturn in cases, new cases are increasing again. Local hospital workers also reported upticks in admitted Covid-19 patients.
After a short break, I’m resuming my effort of making face masks and scrub caps to the community. The need for wearing face coverings to minimize communal health risks in this pandemic era is greater than ever. As an avid fabric rescuer and upcycler, I strive to make face masks and scrub caps to the best of my abilities.
Free handmade washable face masks, scrub caps, or hospital gowns are made to order for Castro Valley community and its nearby East Bay neighborhoods.
In addition, custom mask orders are accepted in case-by-case basis depending on supply availability. These are made using my own fabric stash as opposed to those donated by the community, and shipped to Continental US and worldwide.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me via Instagram @MiraMusank for request or ordering details.
98% of face masks and 100% of scrub caps I made are provided to the community free of charge. Donations are encouraged but not required. Many families are struggling and are in a financially precarious position to give anything at all. I hope to continue making handmade masks and scrub caps free of charge to healthcare workers, nursing home facility workers, essential job workers, families with high risk / immunocompromised / disabled members in the foreseeable future.
Your donation will help cover my home production cost. More importantly, however, most of the donation collected will be used to help local businesses and families in need. I will coordinate with several community leaders to sponsor meals, essential items, and groceries intended to help local residents and businesses. More outlets for donation recipients will also be considered.
Please join me in keeping our community safe and healthy during this difficult time by clicking the Donate button below. Your donation will be collected securely via PayPal. Thank you in advance for your kindness. Stay safe, stay healthy!
Health Care Worker Recipients
Bay Area Healthcare Center, Oakland, CA
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Eden Hospital, Castro Valley, CA (ICU, Cardiology, Respiratory Therapy Departments)
Home care business in San Diego, CA
Santa Cruz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Sutter Urgent Care, Castro Valley, CA
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Leandro, CA
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, CA
Park Merritt Nursing Home, Oakland, CA