Press Release

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s April 10, 2020 City of San Diego COVID-10 Update – Video time: 18:30

“I want to highlight San Diegans who have stepped up all over the city… More than a thousand San Diegans have come together to sew homemade masks. A local businesswoman Emily saw the shortage of PPE that healthcare workers were facing and it hit home for her because her mother is an ICU nurse. Emily owns a local fabric and design studio. So she started sewing masks for family and friends. That’s when she realized that she knew many other San Diegans who has the same skillsets who also wanted to help. So she founded Project Masks on Facebook which now has over a thousand members on Facebook to connect local fabric suppliers with skilled sewers to make homemade mask covers. One volunteer Eva had recently completed the Clothing, Construction, and Textiles Training Program at San Diego Continuing Education, and wanted to step up to support the mission of Project Masks. She mobilized her network of roughly a dozen students and teachers to join the cause. And today Project Masks has distributed over 600 masks to local hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, and to anyone who needs one. And this week alone, they send out enough materials alone to make 1200 more masks that will fill out a great need in our San Diego community. Thank you to the folks like Emily and Eva who are stepping up to address the issue of PPE shortage. We’re seeing in unique ways now only how we’re helping that shortage but unites our community as well. We are all in this together. We need all the help and support we can get.” #sandiegostepsup

April 10, 2020 City of San Diego COVID-19 Update by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Times of San Diego shares how San Diego Continuing Education students are standing up to help with the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment in healthcare. (April 2020)

Clairemont Times explores how two San Diegans are volunteering to sew protective gear donations. (April 2020)

My News LA shows how to volunteer with the shortage of protective gear whether you know how to sew or not. One volunteer group Project Masks is open to anyone who expresses a deep desire to help. (April 2020)

SD Voyager interviews Eva Tseng of Extraordinary Kits about her journey leading to found her business and her aspirations for what sets her apart from other businesses. (July 2019)