Facebook243Tweet0Pin0Submitted by ProvidenceUPDATE: Thanks to an overwhelming response from our community, many individuals have volunteered to sew surgical masks for us. However, we’re pleased to report that local manufacturing companies have stepped up to rapidly produce masks and face shields for us on a large scale. As a result we do not need volunteers to sew masks for our caregivers, and we will not mail or distribute sewing kits. We are truly grateful for your willingness to help. As we assess the situation in the coming weeks, we will let you know if we need your assistance.Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals, along with others throughout our state have been overwhelmed by the generous offers pouring in to help create masks.We appreciate the donations of unopened boxes of surgical and N-95 masks.So that we at the local level can continue our work of focusing on our patients during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, our larger Providence System team is partnering with another organization to implement the 100 million mask challenge across the country.We will update our website with information as progress is made with our new partner on the 100 Million Mask Challenge.Information about our efforts to raise funds and awareness to address this health crisis can be found at providence.org.