Dust off your sewing machine to help kids in our community!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a face mask is helpful and is often a requirement. One way we can help support foster children and families in our community is by providing children, caregivers, and CPS caseworkers with face masks in order to protect them and those they come in contact with.
We can care for foster children and families in our area by supporting and protecting the CPS caseworkers who are on the frontlines defending and advocating for the children in our community. We are able to support these caseworkers by providing them with masks so that they will be able to perform their jobs while also protecting themselves and the children that they work with. Additionally, we are able to support these foster children by providing them and their caregivers with masks to keep them safe and healthy. Families must have masks in order to buy groceries, go to work, and even send their kids to school. Masks are a necessity and we can help to remove this financial burden by providing these children and families with either handmade or store-bought masks. We hope that you would help us reach our goal of collecting 300 masks in order to support foster children, caregivers, and CPS caseworkers!
Here are some helpful guidelines:
– all masks should be new and unused
– removable filters are not required or preferred
– a variety of child and adult are needed, but our priority is child/toddler sizes (see links below for helpful tips and patterns)
– fun prints and colors are encouraged, cotton is the preferred fabric
– Embrace cannot reimburse volunteers for materials (such as fabric, thread, elastic, etc.)
– masks must be mailed or delivered to the Embrace office in downtown McKinney (see delivery instructions below)
Here are some helpful DIY videos and links (but you’re welcome to use the pattern of your choosing):
PDF instructions for both adult and child sized masks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qbJ2VksOwUPmwi08MdKBn9Feyq-i6NRQ/view
Women’s/Teenager’s Size Pattern: https://www.craftpassion.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/teenagers-women-face-mask-template-rev3.pdf
Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBR98YKAr7w&feature=youtu.be
PDF instructions for both adult and child sized masks: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/6d5955d7-ca75-4486-86d6-ccd808cf0870/downloads/Face%20Mask%20Instructions.pdf
Video Tutorial: https://youtu.be/vyDtrobkaxg