Washington Youth for Masks: A Progress Update

by Mia Foster

Washington Youth for Masks is a nonprofit fundraiser that has aimed to raise $25,000 to purchase 50,000 masks for four hospitals in Washington. While many individual people and groups are raising money to provide healthcare professionals with personal protective equipment (PPE), this initiative is particularly special; it is entirely organized and executed by youth in Washington. 

     Since the initial article was written, funds have jumped from around $8,600 to over $17,500 thanks to the hard work of the board members and roughly 210 representatives. The first delivery of masks was made on April 23rd to University of Washington (UW) Medicine. The delivery included 24 boxes, equating to around 20,000 masks.

Pictures from the first delivery of masks

    In response to the donation, the CEO of UW Medicine, Paul Ramsey, wrote a personalized letter thanking Washington Youth for Masks, the group’s organizer Angelina Chin, and everyone involved in the donation. 


Letter from CEO of UW Medicine, Paul Ramsey

     Along with the letter, Washington Youth for Masks received a heartwarming message of gratitude directly from a few healthcare heroes on the front lines. 


A Thank You from Healthcare Workers

     This organization is directly aiding in the fight against COVID-19, and youth are the driving force behind it. For all those who have donated or volunteered so far, your engagement matters and has a tangible impact. Thank you.

For more information, refer to my initial article, “Washington Youth for Masks: Youth Uniting for Protective Equipment” or refer to one of the links below! Every donation counts: $5=10 masks!

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/washington-youth-for-masks-covid19-support-fund 

Website: https://wayouthformasks.wixsite.com/website 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WAYouthForMasks/


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