Maryknoll Community Donates More Than 2,500 Handmade Masks To Protect Kupuna and Nurses from COVID-19
Today, we donated more than 2,500 reusable handmade fabric masks to two local nonprofit organizations, Lanakila Pacific and Navian Hawaii, formerly Hospice Hawaii, to help kupuna and nurses stay protected against COVID-19. Families, alumni and community members quickly took up needle and thread over the past two-and-a-half weeks and went far above and beyond the goal of providing 1,000 masks, ultimately sewing more than 2,500 masks for the community using repurposed Maryknoll aloha-print fabric. A contactless drive-thru for the donation drop-off was held to follow the social distancing order and ensure everyone’s safety.
We launched Maryknoll Masks project on May 5 as part of our GivingTuesdayNow campaign, a global effort across the nonprofit sector to inspire charitable giving during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the masks, students also wrote personal letters to help the kupuna stay in good spirits as part of Lanakila Pacific’s Letters2OurKupuna project.
We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to our mask makers and volunteers who took the time to make this special service project possible. Mahalo for exemplifying Noblesse Oblige and giving back to the community in this way!