Face Masks Still Needed 

July 1, 2020

One hundred fifty unaccompanied children in our area have no face masks – something we should all be concerned about! The Immigration Ministry team requests your immediate help in providing washable cloth face masks for these kids who are represented by K.I.N.D. (Kids in Need of Defense). Janet Gwilym, Plymouth member and managing attorney at KIND's Seattle office, said the city has been unable to supply the masks.  Ideally, each kid would have 2 masks, allowing for one to be washed and dried while the other is being worn, but even one mask per kid would allow them to meet health guidelines in public places. The masks can be any style that meets the CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html). Since most of the kids are teenagers, the adult size face mask is best.

Thank you for your generous response in sewing masks for the kids served by K.I.N.D. We have about 80 now and are hoping for 150 as a minimum so each teenager would have one. To purchase masks to donate, there are many stores online. Any style in adult size is fine.  Here are 4 local companies currently offering masks from $5-10 each:

https://www.swaddledesigns.com/collections/cloth-fabric-face-masks

https://splashfabric.com/collections/face-masks

https://snugasamug.com/collections/face-masks

https://www.etsy.com/shop/caffeinatedcraftspnw

For other prices and styles made locally see http://seattlerefined.com/lifestyle/shop-local-for-masks

If each of us could provide one or two reusable masks, we would have 150 kids protected in no time. Choose the drop off location that is easiest for you:  downtown to Mary Margaret Pruitt at Horizon House; Janet Gwilym's house on Beacon Hill, or to Ruth Williamson in Shoreline. S Their contact information can be found in Simple Church.

K.I.N.D. social service coordinators and legal staff are doing all they can to support these kids who are already traumatized by our immigration system and the horrors they escaped from in their home countries. Let’s do our best to show them that Plymouth cares about them too. Thank you. --Plymouth Immigration Ministry Team



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