Our mask initiative began when COVID-19 hit - obviously! But specifically when Nandini and Reva's mom still had to attend work, Reva, concerned, picked up a needle, thread, and some cotton cloth lying around to stitch her up a mask. Let's just say that the mask did its purpose - but only for so long. That mask prototype sparked our effort to create even more masks. We knew Nandini and Reva's mom wasn't the only person in need of a mask in such desperate times; other essential workers were also looking everywhere to buy a mask. Not only that, but according to the CDC guidelines, everyone should be wearing a lined cotton face covering (that's fancy for mask). From there, our next project began.
We had a goal of making 1,000 masks. Out of those, we wanted to simply donate a portion and also sell a portion to raise money. So, we bought a sowing machine, cotton flannel lining, cotton cloth, string, and elastic. We worked with Joshita and Shivika Varshney to acheive this goal. Together, after mailing and driving around to drop off orders, we did indeed make 1,000 masks and raised around $2,000 for the Chester County Food Bank (who needed funds because of COVID-19). With that we donated packages of masks to essential workers like those at Rite Aid, CHOP, the US Navy, and more. As we became more efficient with the art of sowing, we began making a lot more masks - and we still are now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for orders or questions!