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Nemours Children's Hospital Needs Masks!

But not just any masks. They're specifically asking for Olson masks. In an effort to help flatten the curve and keep our healthcare providers safe, we are asking NRC athletes, families, and friends to help us fill this need.

How To Help

Download one of the mask patterns below.

Make as many masks as you're able.

Email us your address & phone number by 7pm the night before your preferred pick-up.

On your pick-up date, place the masks outside your door.

That's it! We do the rest.

Mask Pick-up Dates

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Contact for Mask Pick-up

Naomi Katz

Naomi Katz

Head Novice Coach

Mask Patterns

There are two patterns below. The first pattern is recommended for folks who are less comfortable with sewing. The second pattern is a bit more advanced and would be best for those who are more experienced with sewing.


NOTE: The first pattern shows elastic bands to secure the masks.
Nemours has asked that all masks be made with ribbon or fabric ties for a more secure fit.

Pattern 1 - Instructional Video

This is the instructional video for pattern 1. If you choose to follow this pattern please make sure to use ribbon or fabric ties instead of elastic loops.

Pattern 2 - Instructional Video

This video contains instructions for using pattern 2. It also shows how to connect ribbon ties to an olson mask (11:00).

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am only able to make a few masks, should I still participate?

Absolutely! Every donation is valuable regardless of its size.

What if I'm not good at sewing... is there anything else I can donate?

Yes! Nemours is also collecting the following items:

  • N95 Masks (unopened)
  • Level 1 Procedure Masks (unopened)
  • Level 3 Surgical Masks (unopened)
  • Eye Protection (transparent face shields, safety glasses, goggles)
  • Cleaning Wipes (bleach, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide based)
  • Non-Latex Gloves (unopened)
  • Disposable, Water-resistant Gowns (unopened)
  • Hand Sanitizer (>60% alcohol concentration, unscented)

It's 10pm the night before a pick-up. Is it too late to request a pick-up for tomorrow?

Advance notice is extremely helpful in enabling us to get to all the pick-up locations requested on each pick-up date. We will do our best to accommodate late requests however we cannot guarantee requests made after 7pm.

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