Help Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers
Wantable is using its expertise to crowdsource masks for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is soliciting hobbyists and professional sewers to produce home-made face masks for frontline healthcare workers as part of its “Sew Good” campaign.
If you know how to sew and have access to a machine and 100 percent cotton fabric, you can get involved. Here’s how it works: Sewers register on the Sew Good website and indicate how many masks they can make and how fast. The company will mail the sewer a pre-paid postage label. Sewers put the masks in a box or envelope and send them back to Wantable. Then, the company will distribute the masks to healthcare clinics and hospitals.
These masks won’t be medical grade. But, as has been widely reported, supplies of N95-certified masks and surgical masks are running low all over the country. And when those supplies run out, these masks will give healthcare workers a stash of backups. They are “a stopgap measure,” said Jalem Getz, president and CEO of Wantable.
Getz noted that the best way everyone can volunteer right now is to stay home. So this allows “people from the comfort of their own home to make a difference.”
Wantable launched the program Tuesday and already has commitments to make 14,000 masks. The first box of masks showed up Friday. The goal is to source 100,000 masks.
Already, Wantable has customers all over the country that are making masks. Many of them, Getz said, are in the Milwaukee area. Right now there are over 400 people that have committed to sewing masks.
Getz said there seems to be large interest in helping combat the pandemic, but that’s hard to do from your home. “We’ve applied our technology and our system to help in the effort.”
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