How to Help

During these times of crisis, My New Red Shoes is committed to meeting the urgent needs of our community — in any way we can — and rallying our supporters to join us. Local and national hospitals and doctors need immediate help to address the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Across the country, and here in the Bay Area, medical workers are scrambling to treat thousands of patients who may be infected with COVID-19, and the current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is expected to last mere days.

The sudden increase in demand for PPE and the interrupted supply lines in China have led to a critical shortage of small particle filtering face masks and surgical masks. These masks are critical for healthcare workers as studies have shown that medical professionals using surgical face masks get 80% fewer infections than those who don’t.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said in times of crisis, like the one we are in right now, as a last resort, a homemade mask is accessible. We are at that stage now as hospitals setup sewing stations and nurses and doctors reach out on social media to ask everyday heroes to step forward to help make masks.

Step 1: Sign Up to Volunteer

Step 2: Make Homemade Face Masks

- Click here for a 1-page face mask pattern and instructions.

Step 3: Arrange a Drop-Off

- Mail to our offices (330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 135, Redwood City, CA 94065)

- Call or text Becca Winslow - 858-699-4764 to arrange a porch drop-off or pick-up

- Click here for nationwide locations accepting mask donations. Please check back as we will update the list regularly.

Step 4: Spread the Word

- Reach out to ask friends and family to help

- Share your efforts on social media. Use the hashtags: #MNRSMaskMakers #MillionMaskMayDay


Please click here to submit a request.

100% cotton or cotton blends work best. For more details click here.

- My New Red Shoes has fabric to donate to volunteers sewing in the SF BAY Area. Email to arrange a drop-off or pick-up.

- JOANN Fabric Stores also has pre-cut masks available for pick up. They are supplying the material and the elastic (call ahead to make sure they still have supplies)

Several patterns exist online for all skill levels, but we’re asking sewers to use whichever pattern they feel most comfortable with. We will be sorting through the different styles to donate based on the preferences of the hospitals and sites that receive them. Our favorite patterns:

- [DIY Face Mask with Filter Pocket and Wire][3]

- How to Sew a Bias Tape Surgical Face Mask with Flexible Nose

- Face Mask Sewing Pattern

[3]: * DIY Face Mask with Filter Pocket and Wire

- Prewash masks before donating

- No elastic? Hair ties or ribbon can be used in a pinch

- Use different patterns on the front and back of the mask. This helps the wearer differentiate the clean side and dirty side so the same side always touches their face.

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