1,000 Masks To Be Donated To Alderman Osterman's Office

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicagoans are busy creating thousands of homemade masks for the city's cloth drive to assist at-risk communities. 
 
The "Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” initiative, launched April 25 by the mayor and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), encourages residents to make and donate homemade cloth masks that will be provided to Chicago’s vulnerable residents, "further building on Mayor Lightfoot’s hyper-focused strategy centered around deep, consistent education and outreach to communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19," the Mayor's office said in a statement.
 
Today marks the second round of mask drop-offs around the city at several aldermanic offices and churches.  In Edgewater, Alderman harry Osterman (48th Ward) will receive 1,000 homemade cloth masks by Imran Dhatwani, president of the Ismaili Council for the Midwest and the Ismaili Muslim community, the city announced Friday. Dhatwani and his organization made 2,500 masks total; the rest will be donated in the coming weeks.
Drop off masks
Drop-off bins for masks are located at aldermanic offices and churches around the city. (City of Chicago)
 
During the pandemic, members of the community have made and donated up to 5,000 masks to first responders, hospitals and community groups including the 24th Chicago Police District, Chicago Fire Department Engines 59 and 70, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Thorek Memorial Hospital, Methodist Hospital of Chicago, and organizations such as Care for Real on Chicago's North Side. Their program is called Masks for All.
 
“The more we do for each other, the faster we’ll get through this crisis, which is why I’m asking all Chicagoans to donate homemade cloth masks to support our fellow residents who are most vulnerable," the mayor said.
 
If you wish to donate your time and creativity to your community, you can make masks from recycled cloth such as t-shirts, bandanas, jeans, thick cotton and other breathable fabrics. Completed masks should be placed in a clear, sealable plastic bag. The Chicago Department of Public Health has included the CDC guidelines on how to make a cloth mask at Chicago.gov/coronavirus

Mask donations will be accepted at various locations from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays through Saturday, May 16. Drop-off locations can be found online.

Under Pritzker's new stay-at-home order, residents must wear masks when out in public and when unable to socially distance themselves.