Since my last post a week ago, we have received orders for close to 5000 cloth masks and have employed two more sewers to help fill the orders. The sewers are trying as best as possible to observe social distancing and have set up the sewing machines in two different locations; on the ground floor where the fabric is stored and on the top floor veranda. With breezes and gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside, I know which location I would choose.
The majority of these sewers live 1-3 hours distance from the sewing center and are trying to produce as many masks as possible during a time that they are needing to stay away from their families. In honor of the Haitians service, Ellen Schreder and Gymps Sunel are providing lodging in their guest house and New Roots has donated meat from their nearby educational farm and butcher shop to provide meals for the sewers.
Our yearly fundraiser set for May 3rd has been cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions, the same reason we are seeing the requests for masks in Haiti. The upside is that we have the fabric that is needed to construct the masks. The downside is that we are rapidly diminishing the supply of fabric that is needed to construct the reusable menstrual pad kits. Donations to Helping Haiti Work will help us to resupply the fabric as well as pay for the food supplies needed to feed our staff. Donations can be made electronically thru the Donate button on our home page or via checks sent to: 13015 44th Ave North, Plymouth, MN 55442. All donations are tax deductible