With an initial donation and support from the volunteer group East End Cares, a group of local Montauk residents have been making “Masks for Montauk,” 100% pre-washed cotton washable reusable masks with Merv 13 and now Merv 16 filters to protect essential workers in Montauk.
The group began with Donna Matlock of Montauk, who had been making hand sewn material masks for healthcare workers that were trying to extend their N95 mask use at Southampton Hospital and beyond. Joy Hear and Bonnie Brady joined with Donna and have been helping to organize about 30 people in Montauk, some cutting materials, some sewing masks, and some involved in transporting materials and masks through to distribution. The goal is to provide all essential workers in Montauk with a mask, and then open it up further to any local residents who would like one.
The program began in earnest three weeks ago, and those that work in essential services in Montauk can contact Bonnie Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to get on the group’s list. A similar group has been started by Ilissa Loewenstein Meyer in East Hampton, and has a Facebook page: