Featured in TV KARE11 Sunrise, senior Meryl Wang from Mounds View High School created video instructions for volunteers from local Chinese community to make cloth masks for donations to local hospital.
Meryl’s mom is one of volunteers from the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, or CAAM. Since the start of the pandemic, CAAM had called on the communities to help addressing the shortage of personal protective equipments. With donations from the communities, CAAM had delivered tens of thousand pieces of PPEs to local hospitals.
The volunteers also started to make cloth masks. Meryl noticed some of her mom’s friends didn’t know how to make masks. She decided to make a video to teach them how. The youtube video was quite effective. It started to help other people outside of the communities as well.
Meryl’s family, together with other volunteers, had made more than 1000 cloth masks and delivered to clinics like United Family Medicine’s Sibley clinic. While cloth masks may not meet the standard for use in COVID-19 hospitals, they can be used to help patients to protect themselves and the doctors in other type of hospitals.
Mask making campaign caught on in other local Chinese communities as well. Many other kids, together with their moms, started to contribute to this effort. As commented by the commentator, this activity not only helps to address the shortage of masks, it also brings the family together to do something good for the community. Many volunteers consider it as quite healing in such a dark time.