What: Join the Gibbons Mask Force in supporting first responders by sewing masks, writing notes of gratitude or supporting this effort however you can!
When: With so many members of our community selflessly wanting to contribute masks and notes to support first responders, we’ve extended the collection deadline through Monday, April 27. Beginning Wednesday, April 8, #GibbonsMaskForce asked members of the community to share their skills over Easter break, with the first collection ending on Monday, April 20.
Why: Volunteers across the country are making masks. Given the current shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders, fabric masks prove to be an invaluable resource. Fabric masks worn over the N95 mask offer the additional benefit of protection as they can be washed and reused. Read the inspiration for Gibbons Mask Force.
How: The Cardinal Gibbons community has a unique opportunity to give back to these heroes in the following ways:
If you are able, volunteer to sew masks. Even students who can’t sew can help by cutting fabric for the household member who does know how to sew, assembly-line style! Also, please be sure to pre-wash the fabric before sewing, and be sure to keep hands clean while you work! When you're done with your masks, see Dropoff Locations for instructions on how to deliver them safely for collection.
Approved for N95 protection
Emory Healthcare N95 Mask Cover Instructions
Approved for N95 protection (non-elastic option)
Non-elastic approved for N95 protection (video tutorial from Joann Fabric)
Notes of gratitude
Non-sewer or without access to a sewing machine? Write a gratitude note to be added to a mask sent to a first responder or medical worker. Help show them the Gibbons community cares! #GibbonsGrateful
While not offering the protection needed by first responders and medical workers, you can make a no-sew mask as you practice safe-distance grocery shopping or walks in your neighborhood.
Share the link
The simplest way to lend support is to include others. Please share this link with everyone you know and help us get to our goal!
Questions? Contact Director of Outreach Gary Meyerl with any questions, issues or concerns or use #GibbonsMaskForce to show us your masks on Twitter and Instagram.
In honor of our 110 Year Celebration, we have a goal of making as many sets of 110 masks as possible. We will celebrate when we collect 110 masks. When we collect 220 masks - 330 masks - 440 masks - 550 masks - and more!
There are 9 locations around the Triangle area that will have plastic bins outside of their houses for collection of the masks and notes of gratitude. Each drop off location will have a bin. Please package masks in zip-sealed bags.
Bags of masks and notes of gratitude can be deposited at the following dropoff locations:
Apex: 1690 Padstone Drive
Cary: 410 Riggsbee Farm Drive
Raleigh: 3004 Belspring Lane
North Raleigh: 1400 Kinsdale Drive
Durham: 4005 Kismet Drive
Chapel Hill: 106 Faison Road
Holly Springs/Fuquay Varina: 5340 Georgiana Ridge Drive
Garner: 180 Waterpine Drive
Wake Forest: 2809 Peachleaf Street