Frequently asked questions

General Questions

What does your organization do?

Due to an overwhelming demand for medical masks, specifically the N95 style, we have developed a reusable cover to extend the life of issued masks during the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to provide our homemade masks to the tens of thousands of healthcare providers throughout the Lehigh Valley – and beyond!

Are you a non-profit organization?

Our organization was formed on March 21, and we are quickly working towards our 501(c)3 status. Therefore, your donations will be considered a tax-deductable contribution. More info to follow!

Can I buy masks?

Our mission is to fulfill the needs of our medical professionals, caregivers and first responders' by donating masks to these organizations. If you are an organization who would like to be placed on our list for consideration, please fill out our ONLINE FORM HERE.

How did you choose this mask style?

Our team of sewing, medical and manufacturing professionals worked closely with the Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Lukes University Health Network. The result developed the best design that is comfortable to wear over the N95 masks, durable through numerous washings, as well as being simple and quick for our team of sewers.

Can I use this mask by itself?

It is not recommended that this mask is worn without another medical mask under it. The MaskForce mask is fabric and not capable of filtering viruses.

What can I do if my business needs masks?

Our mission is to ensure healthcare professionals have the masks they need. Please complete THIS FORM for immediate consideration.

Sewing Questions

Where can I download the pattern?

Download the pattern and instructions here.

I'm out of elastic or fabric. When is your next availability of supplies?

Right now, this varies day by day. Sometimes minute by minute. For the fastest updates, we recommend that you join our Facebook Group. In the near future, we hope to supply all of our dedicated sewers with pre-packaged kits. The kits are all pre-cut so that all you need to do is sew, sew, SEW!

How long does it take to make a mask?

We have run some tests, and our experienced sewers can make a complete mask in 13–18 minutes. Therefore, a set of 25 masks will take an experienced sewer approximately 6 hours to complete.

What is the recommended "set" of 25 mask sizes?

After working with the local hospitals, it has been determined that their needs are as follows:

  • 2 Extra Small
  • 4 Small
  • 9 Medium
  • 8 Large
  • 2 Extra Large

I have made the masks per your specifications. Now what?

First of all, we can't thank you enough! Your efforts, hard work, dedication, and time WILL SAVE LIVES! Please drop off your finished masks at one of our official sites. Days, times and locations are on THIS PAGE of our website.

Are you accepting masks using other patterns?

Sorry, no we are not. We have a very clear and specific directive from the major hospital networks to use the developed pattern.