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    Tom Bihn donating masks

    In case you don't have Facebook, the good folks at Tom Bihn announced they are donating their extra N95 face masks--they had on hand from the smoky fire season a few years ago--to the Seattle Children's Hospital. A big thumbs up to them for doing the right thing--as if this is unusual. It's not.

    It's unlike another company I do business with who announced they have contracted to have special N95 masks made for any customer who wishes to purchase them. But in small print it says it will not prevent you getting a virus or flu. I guess it's just to make money. I don't think I'll be doing business with them any longer.

    The reason I recommend Tom Bihn products to people who ask me about good bags, is not just the quality of the product but the quality of the way they deal with their customers and the world.

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    Tom and crew, you are great. Thanks to Frank II for posting this for those of us who have dumped Facebook.

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    As always TB Crew shows us what real class is all about.

    Huge virtual hugs to Darcy, Tom and Nick!

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    Props to TB crew!

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    I want to add my thank you and appreciation for the TB crew.....I have said it before but will say it again...."you really are the best". Smilie

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    On the topic of masks.... folks have been asking us if we could manufacture masks for healthcare workers. Here's the response I posted over in Facebook:

    We’re ready to be of service to begin making masks. Tom and Nik actually designed three different prototype N95 “mask covers” last week — they are intended to be worn over N95s in an effort to extend their life. We can also easily make “surgical mask” type masks.

    We’ve been in talks about this with various people over the last week; my sense is that there’s some logistics and organizational stuff that needs to be figured out before we can be given the go to be part of this effort, which makes sense.

    We are actively looking to connect with hospital representatives or healthcare workers or government officials to whom we can offer our factory and our sewing skills — if you know of anyone in the aforementioned groups, please share my email address: darcy@tombihn.com

    We’d also like to connect with doctors or other healthcare professionals who could give us feedback on the N95 covers or other mask designs or anything else we could make to support healthcare personnel and their efforts. I mean, you guys know what we make: look at how complex the Synik is to manufacture. Given our skills, perhaps there’s other things we could make.

    It’s a very generous offer to buy masks that we make so they can be donated. Before and if we do something like that, I want to make sure we’re making the most needed type of mask and that they’re going where they can be of immediate use. - Darcy (darcy@tombihn.com)
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    We're at the factory tonight making more prototype masks. Next up: we need to secure materials (can't use our bag materials; they aren't breathable) and confirm that hospitals, clinics, and their healthcare workers can use these masks.

    We made a blog post about these efforts so it can be shared: https://www.tombihn.com/blogs/main/masks-ppe

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    We learned of their effort this evening they are doing great work. For those of you who sew at home... note the "Maker Friends" link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    On the topic of masks.... folks have been asking us if we could manufacture masks for healthcare workers. Here's the response I posted over in Facebook:

    We’re ready to be of service to begin making masks. Tom and Nik actually designed three different prototype N95 “mask covers” last week — they are intended to be worn over N95s in an effort to extend their life. We can also easily make “surgical mask” type masks.

    We’ve been in talks about this with various people over the last week; my sense is that there’s some logistics and organizational stuff that needs to be figured out before we can be given the go to be part of this effort, which makes sense.

    We are actively looking to connect with hospital representatives or healthcare workers or government officials to whom we can offer our factory and our sewing skills — if you know of anyone in the aforementioned groups, please share my email address: darcy@tombihn.com

    We’d also like to connect with doctors or other healthcare professionals who could give us feedback on the N95 covers or other mask designs or anything else we could make to support healthcare personnel and their efforts. I mean, you guys know what we make: look at how complex the Synik is to manufacture. Given our skills, perhaps there’s other things we could make.

    It’s a very generous offer to buy masks that we make so they can be donated. Before and if we do something like that, I want to make sure we’re making the most needed type of mask and that they’re going where they can be of immediate use. - Darcy (darcy@tombihn.com)

    First, you guys are awesome. Period, full stop.

    Second, as odd as it sounds, you may want to tweet some governors and state health commissioners of area or high-need states. That's what Christian Siriano did to get hooked up with making masks for NY state.

    Finally, re: your other things comment -- I'm not a medical professional at all but have been keeping up with the regional governors' announcements in my area (NJ/NY/CT/PA), and one thing the NJ gov -- and, if I recall correctly, the NY gov may have, too -- said just a day or two ago is that they've been working so hard to secure masks that they haven't been able to deal with shortages in PPE gowns. (Which might be a place where the usual TB materials could be advantageous, rather than suffocating.)

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