With the current COVID-19 pandemic, people across the Nation are now being required to wear masks at work and while out doing their essential runs. However, there has been a shortage in pretty much every major basic living necessity—from toilet tissue, paper towels, eggs, canned goods, and yes, of course masks.
Throughout the hospitals in the United States, medical personnel either lack or have a shortage of the proper medical supplies to be able to stay protected while working on the frontlines. This is why we need to reserve as many N95 masks to the healthcare professionals. Now we are not saying don’t buy them, but don’t grab a stack of them like people were with the toilet paper. Don’t grab the whole box and then turn around and sell them for 2x the price. You grab about 2 to 3.
There are companies out there that are making masks to give back and to assist with the shortage.
One entrepreneur in particular is Mississippi native, Alexis Williams. Williams is the founder of Aloha Glamour, a local African and Hawaiian inspired clothing boutique. The best thing about her masks is that they are washable, so you can remove after each use and wash it for the next use.
“My masks are 100% cotton, reversible, reusable and machine washable,” says Williams in a statement “My masks are not meant to replace surgical masks, but it is a contingency plan for those who don’t have the ability to get surgical masks because of the shortage. It is not medical-rated, but it is good enough to filter other hazardous particles and bad smells. The response to it has been overwhelming and we want to do anything we can to help out.”
The mask are not N95 certified, but they are big enough to wear on top of the mask, which helps with keeping your hands off your face. For every face mask sold, Williams will be donating a free one to local healthcare workers.
“I decided to encourage my other customers to help provide masks for those on the front line in this pandemic battle,” Williams said. “I asked them to make contributions so my business could provide face masks for someone in public service for free. Several of my customers have responded by donating to help in this important effort.”
This is an awesome initiative! We ARE getting through this together! Let’s keep pushing to the finish line! April 30 will be here before we know it, as long as keep finding things to keep us busy around the house and yard.
You can follow Aloha Boutique on Instagram.
Source: Black Enterprise