Thanks to the help of hundreds of local volunteers over the last three months, more than 54,000 face masks have been collected for healthcare workers and patients at Carle, Christie and other area healthcare institutions.
Even with incredible the numbers produced so far, a need for more masks still exists as more people return to work, school and to seek care safely.
“As things begin to reopen slowly and more people are venturing out, there’s an increased need to keep our community safe and healthy,” Carle Director of Volunteer Services Eric Toliver said. “One of the easiest ways to do so is to wear a face covering when you have to go out and interact with others.”
Carle continues to accept donations of hand-made masks for non-clinical staff and patients. For those who wish to help, please follow the criteria below:
- Make masks following these directions online: https://youtu.be/ueWkAuY3k6Y
- Double cotton preferred for summertime fabric. No flannel.
- Special note: Carle can provide sewing materials thanks to a generous donation.
- Bundle 25 masks in sealed zip lock bag.
- Carle will schedule pick up for packages of sewn masks from porches within Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Pick up must be arranged by emailing email@example.com.
Faith Roberts, executive director, Community Engagement, launched the projet in March and within days, hundreds of volunteers reached out to help make masks and dozens of organizations reached out needing them.
“Carle was honored to help facilitate the project to keep our community as safe as possible during a pretty uncertain time,” Roberts said.
She said the need continues to be great and the team continues to fulfill requests daily.
“So far, we haven’t turned anyone who needs a mask away and with continued assistance, the answer will always be “yes” when we’re called,” Toliver said.
Thanks to support from the Carle Center for Philatnrhopy, volunteers may request sewing materials so they don’t incur any costs personally.
More information is available at Carle.org/covid-19.