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Vulnerable communities are defenseless against COVID-19

Reach neighbors in need without leaving home. The masks you sew in your living room will provide love and protection to a neighbor in need halfway around the world. Our generous community reached our first goal of 75,000 masks in record time. Let's make 75,000 More!

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Not all heroes wear capes. Some make face masks.

Many people in developing countries don’t have the option of social distancing or frequent handwashing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says cloth face masks, along with hand washing and social distancing may help reduce transmission.  

We need your help to sew cloth face masks to help us reach men, women and children in vulnerable communities.

After all, Lutheran World Relief was founded 75 years ago to help neighbors around the globe who were suffering during World War II.  What will be our generation’s legacy during this time of crisis?  

How to make fabric masks
It’s easy as 1-2-3

  • Make a pledge

    Fill out the form below to tell us how many masks you pledge to make.

  • Make your masks

    A simple pattern, a handful of materials and basic sewing skills are all you need. Watch our how to video below.

  • Make your bundles

    Please bundle your masks in groups of 25, put your bundles in a box and write “MASKS” on the package. Find shipping details below.

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How to make a cloth face mask

Learn how to make a cloth face mask to help our neighbors in developing countries stay safe from coronavirus. Rachel Kurtz, a singer, quilter, mom and Lutheran, demonstrates the step-by-step process of sewing a cloth face mask.

How many masks have been received so far?

As of July 10, we have received 44,965 masks. This number will be updated every two weeks.

When’s the deadline?

Please send your face masks as soon as possible so we can start shipping. We hope to have all masks before October 1, 2020, though we plan to continue to accept masks after the deadline.

Where and when will the masks be distributed?

Cloth face masks will be distributed with upcoming international shipments of personal care kits already scheduled for summer and fall. Face masks will be distributed to individuals in vulnerable communities and are not intended to be a replacement for medical grade personal protective equipment.

What materials do I need to make a face mask?

Tightly woven cotton fabric, pins, and bias tape, elastic loops or cotton fabric for the ties. Please avoid fabric with religious or patriotic symbols, because we ship to many different countries.

Where can I find resources to make cotton face masks?

Here are a few recommendations:

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=cotton+fabric&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
JOANN.com: https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/
Walmart.com: https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=cotton%20material

Are you a Thrivent member? Members can apply for funds to engage in the activity of making face masks: https://www.thrivent.com/making-a-difference/living-generously/thrivent-action-teams/

I used a different pattern to make masks. Will you accept them?

Yes. Please use tightly woven cotton fabric or quilting cotton, enough material to cover the nose and mouth and either bias tape, elastic or cotton ties to secure. The ties and/or elastic should be permanently affixed to the mask. No loose hair ties, please.

Do I need to wash the face masks before shipping?

Please use new or clean material when making face masks. You may wash your tightly woven cotton material prior to assembly.

How do I get my masks to Lutheran World Relief?

Please bundle your masks in groups of 25, put your bundles in a box and write “MASKS” on the package. Then ship directly to one of our warehouses:

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776

Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Will I be able to track where my homemade face masks traveled?

Unfortunately, the tracking system will not be available for homemade face masks.

I am concerned about going to the post office. What should I do?

We are closely following guidelines from the CDC, the World Health Organization and other local and national health organizations, and we ask that you please follow your state and local guidelines for social distancing. We do recommend that everyone take precautionary health measures, including minimizing trips, washing hands frequently, maintaining social distancing, staying home when sick and wearing a mask in public. If you feel vulnerable, consider scheduling a package pickup from your preferred carrier or having a friend mail your masks for you.

How is LWR responding to coronavirus around the world?

We’re working with our local partners and networks of faith-based health centers in over 30 African countries to rush equipment and supplies to health workers on the front lines, equip community and faith leaders to educate families about COVID-19 and more. Learn more here.

Download the PDF Guide

Click here to download the How to Make a Mask Guide.


Contact Janel Johnson-Momanyi
our Quilt and Kit Ministry Manager (410) 230-6701

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Your gift helps ship masks — made as part of LWR’s 75,000 Face Mask Challenge —
to your neighbors in desperate need around the world.