Written by Kevin Heffernan
Photos Courtesy Buffalo Resilience
“As things start to slowly open back up again, there is still a huge need.”
Phil Mc Namera felt an urge to help as soon as COVID struck and its realities became evident.
“This whole things started as a group text message to my friend group to attempt to get donations of N95 masks. As we realized that there were none left in the city, we started a facebook group to get the word out and the response was immense. We suddenly realized that #BuffaloResilience could become a connecting hub for individuals who were stuck at home and wanted to help but did’nt have the resources. We reached out to local businesses for help and Custom Covers and Canvas (Niagara Falls) came to help. With them, we could cut a pattern and create a mask kit that we would distribute to our volunteers. We created a website, had a volunteer page and within days we had hundreds of volunteers. We raised some money and sourced a surgical grade material and started to produce a high quality masks.”
Masks produced and donated as of 5/26/2020:
To Local Hospitals
To Buffalo Schools
To the Mayors Office
To United Way
“We have over 1500 more masks in production by our volunteers right now. On our website, you can volunteer to sew masks, donate to our GoFundMe campaign, donate time, request masks for your community organization, you can see a full list of all organizations we have donated to and some organizations and businesses that have supported our cause.