Mid-Month Marvels: Face Masks That Give Back

A recurring theme in this blog is the celebration of people and/or organizations that have a positive impact on their communities. What they do is not easy, but it’s inspirational, and we don’t hear enough about them. So I’ve decided to commit to singing their praises at least once a month. I’ll be calling it Mid-Month Marvels. If you have any suggestions for the focus of this monthly spotlight, let me know in the comments below!

This month I’m not going to focus on a specific organization. Rather, I’ll focus on an idea whose time has come. There’s a way to give a silver lining to these pesky face masks we all have to wear.

When this pandemic first hit and everyone was in a pure panic, I bought my first two facemasks for $75. They came from China. They took 4 weeks to arrive. They were so small they would barely fit on a child, and they broke upon first use. Live and learn.

Now you can get masks all over the place, and they come in all shapes and sizes and colors and designs. Masks can make fashion statements or political statements or just be simple, safe, and effective with no fanfare. The choices are endless.

Even those of us who realize how important masks are, who care about others enough to wear them, and have the sense of civic duty to take the issue seriously and not turn it into a silly political statement are (news flash!) not thrilled to have to wear a mask. But we wear them because it’s the right and decent and intelligent thing to do.

Having said that, I still wish the experience were more fun. So I started casting about to see what I could do to make that happen. I came across this article entitled, “18 face masks that support a good cause”.

Oh, yeah. Count me in! It would be nice to not only have the satisfaction of doing the right thing, but also feel as if I’m giving back to non-profits at the same time. And after reading the article, I also discovered that a lot of these masks look great, too. So win/win.

You can order masks in a pretty floral design, or masks designed by independent artists, or masks with a sports logo, kitten or dog images, or rainbows. There are more than 1000 designs to choose from in this article alone. And the organizations they support range from places that provide PPE to frontline workers, to food organizations, to homeless shelters, to boys and girls clubs, to the ACLU and Black Lives Matter.

So now while you wear your face mask to protect the lives of everyone around you, you can make an impact in other ways as well. I love this concept!

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4 thoughts on “Mid-Month Marvels: Face Masks That Give Back

  1. Lyn

    https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/fui98l/wesley_predicted_this/ …My favorite mask wearer. Just saw the living cast do a volunteer Princess Bride table read with a follow up Q&A. It required a donation to Wisconsin democratic party where they anticipate a tight race against Trump. Worth the money all around. Even 98 yr old Norman Lear showed up. Hasn’t slowed a bit. Carey Elwes donned his medical covid mask when he read that prescient line. If only all efforts to dump the Trump were this pleasurable.

      1. Lyn

        Sorry you missed it. Maybe they will post it on YouTube someday after the election. I heard about it a few hours before hand. They are doing other fundraising events like this. Check into the Democratic Party of Wisconsin for updates. The next one is a Parks and Rec reunion. They’re looking for volunteers also.

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