No task is too small to help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19 and volunteers from around Utah have now sewn more than two million medical-grade masks as a part of ProjectProtect, a grassroots initiative to help ensure the safety of frontline caregivers.
Taking part in that effort is Intermountain Healthcare Board of Trustees Chair and Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller, who has personally sewn 200 masks along with family members who have sewn another 1,800.
Miller is now encouraging others to volunteer to help ensure that frontline caregivers at Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health have the necessary protection and safety when treating patients with the coronavirus.
“It’s such an enlightened project for me and I’m just really pleased to be a part of it,” said Miller. “It’s exciting to have a little hand in helping healthcare because I’m at that critical age where I don’t want to go outside, I want to be very careful. So, this gives me an opportunity to do service and feel useful.”
ProjectProtect is a partnership between Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to help sew five million medical-grade masks for frontline healthcare workers.
This personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital to keeping caregivers safe, but due to worldwide demand has caused shortages. The effort aims to ensure Utah medical workers continue to have the PPE they need.
The effort has gained the backing of celebrities like PGA Tour winner and Utah native Tony Finau, whose foundation donated $100,000 to the cause.
“We are proud to be a part of this, but more so, to help those on the front lines of the crisis who are the true heroes,” said Finau. “I invite everyone to help support this important community initiative.”
Details about what volunteers will be asked to do:
More than 20,000 people have already volunteered in finishing the first two million masks and organizers are hoping for another 30,000 volunteers to reach the goal of five million.
To volunteer for ProjectProtect and receive a kit with needed supplies click here.