Healthcare workers on the frontline fighting COVID-19 are running critically short on medical supplies that keep them safe. While regular distribution channels ramp up to meet the global shortage of personal protective equipment, those with sewing machines, basic sewing skills, and a bit of extra time can step up to fill the gap.

This effort, called the 100 Million Mask Challenge, is starting right here in Western Washington, which is among the hardest hit areas in the United States. Volunteers must be willing to make at least 100 masks, since materials are in short supply and large quantities are necessary to make a difference.

If you have the ability to make this commitment, give your information here and wait for further instruction. Various pick-up and drop-off times and locations to get kits with materials will be available, the first of which is Monday, March 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton.

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