Greensboro, NC – To help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc. (Triad Goodwill) wants to prepare for the potential shortage of N-95 protective face masks by calling on local manufacturers, tailors, crafters and makers for their help.

They have partnered with Reconsidered Goods and Hudson’s Hill among other organizations and crafters for an initiative called Masks for Our Heroes.

Masks for Our Heroes is a collaborative effort established to facilitate the creation of face masks, which can offer some measure of protection to local health care professionals in the event of shortages of N-95 masks, which have been in high demand across the United States.

The masks, which will be made out of 100% cotton and other materials approved by the CDC, can then be used as a last resort to protect healthcare professionals working local hospitals, medical clinics and other health care organizations in the Greater Greensboro area.

“The mission of Triad Goodwill is to inspire and provide hope to individuals in our community through the power of work,” says Chris Gorham, President and CEO of Triad Goodwill. “Right now, creating these masks is one of the best ways for us to accomplish this objective.”

Reconsidered Goods and Triad Goodwill first started Masks for Heroes by soliciting for volunteers to sew masks via social media.

“When we shut our doors last Tuesday, I knew it would be for a while, and we had most of the materials needed for making the masks sitting in our store,” says Paige Cox, director of Reconsidered Goods. “Our customers jumped right on board and were ready to get started.”

Organizations and people who are interested in helping with the effort can register online by visiting https://www.triadgoodwill.org/masksforheroes/.

Organizations and people who sign up will receive instructions on how to create the masks, as well as instructions on how to get materials if they currently do not have them. Volunteers can then drop off the completed face masks at the donation centers for one of the following Triad Goodwill locations:

• 1235 South Eugene Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

• 3519 N Elm St., Greensboro 27405

• 3740 S Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215

• 1551 Freeway Drive, Reidsville, NC 27320

The masks will then be washed and sanitized before being sent to the agencies that need them.

For any agency who requires masks, they can submit a request by visiting https://www.triadgoodwill.org/masksforheroesrequests/.

For additional questions or to donate materials needed to make additional masks, including 100% heavy duty cotton t-shirts, elastic and other materials, e-mail jscott@triadgoodwill.org.

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About Triad Goodwill:

Triad Goodwill (Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit leader, promotes the value of work by providing career development services, skills training and work opportunities for people with employment needs. In the past year, Triad Goodwill served 11,938 people in the community and helped place 2,266 workers in competitive employment. 85¢ of every dollar earned in Triad Goodwill stores supports their mission.

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