Jack Tar Togs Campaign for Medical Masks

Across the country, people are sewing masks for healthcare use. Jack Tar Togs is helping, encouraging others to sew, and sewing masks ourselves. The issue is the enormous number of masks needed for healthcare. While these masks are not used for COVID-19 patients, they are very useful for situations like assisted living facilities, rehab facilities, home health, hospice, dentist, veterinary and hospital use. The masks are all cotton, are washable, and are also good for putting on top of other masks, to help extend those masks’ life.

Jack Tar Togs has committed to full time manufacturing and distributing masks to the health care workers who need them. After April 15, we are will begin producing orders for masks for individuals.

There are several ways you can help:

  1. Work in a Group: You can sew them on your own, across the country. You do not need us to help. Joann fabrics has a nationwide campaign called Make To Give. They have supplies, and you can take them back to Joann for distribution. See below for pattern.
  2. Make them yourself: There are instructions online, including a page from Deaconess Hospital in Indiana, which has promoted the idea.
  3. In Sarasota/Manatee: There are numerous groups working independently to make masks, including numerous churches and the Suncoast Science Center FabLab. Local medical institutions are encouraging people to make their own masks, to reduce the spread when people must leave home for the grocery store.
  4. Donate for Masks: Online, we have an order form where you can buy masks to send to others. We are making them at cost, $3, and mailing across the U.S through Jack Tar Togs. Purchase HERE; when you order, you can also donate for extra supplies for masks for healthcare workers. 

To date, we filled over 2000 requests locally here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and all over the US for nurses and healthcare. Thousands more to do. Thank you for your orders and donations which have come from across the country, and our friends and church.

About the masks: These masks are made from the pattern recommended by officials to temporarily fill the shortage. They are 100 percent cotton and should be machine washed in hot water with detergent and bleach for sterilization. They are NOT official medical grade masks such as the N95, and are meant for basic home health, assisted living and substitute hospital masks. More information from CDC is HERE.