Kalamazoo Answering a Call
In late March, Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services asked residents in Southwest Michigan to make and donate fabric face masks to health care providers and first responders. Bronson Healthcare began accepting home-sewn masks to supplement their PPE – check out their template and instruction page.
The community stepped into action immediately.
The SWMI Protective Gear Project (a donation-based operation) was initiated. Group members created tutorials and shared sewing tips. As of late April, the group of over 1,800 members has a self-reported mask donation of over 25,000 for healthcare and frontline service workers – and that number is growing.
Volunteer to Help
Want to help? Visit Find the Helpers or the SWMI Protective Gear Volunteer link to get started. Volunteers are needed for sewing masks and other logistical assistance.
Where to Buy Face Masks in Kalamazoo
Not everyone knows how to sew. And even if you did, you may not have time to sew, between trying to work 40 hours a week while simultaneously taking care of toddlers and trying to be a substitute teacher for your older kids. And making every meal because restaurants are closed.
So if the thought of making a mask stresses you out, just buy a face mask. Here’s a list we’ve started:
Vintage Mitten | Kalamazoo
Located in Kalamazoo and offering masks for adults and kids. Will ship.
Troll Marketplace | Vicksburg
Kid and adult sizes. Follow Facebook page for availability.
House of Pariah | Kalamazoo
Masks made in Kalamazoo with sizes starting at 3 years old. For every one mask sold, one will be donated to a frontline worker.
MK Dancewear | Portage
Cotton face masks for child and adult sizes. Order online.
A. Marie Handmade | Allegan
All donations will be used to purchase supplies to donate masks to those in need. Also, contact for bulk-order face masks.
Sassy Olive | Allegan
Donation-based masks (or free if you can’t afford it) available as they make them.
The Station: Dancewear and Studio Rental | Kalamazoo
Face masks in child and adult sizes. Available in stock or to drop-ship directly from the manufacturer.
SWMI Protective Gear Vendors
A Facebook group in Southwest Michigan looking to connect makers with residents looking to buy face masks. Masks are made locally with vendors selling all sizes (kids and adults) and add-on items such as ear savers.
Are you selling well-made face masks right now? Put your contact info in the comments so readers can find you!