Volunteers needed Saturday to repair N95 masks for GMH


Guam Memorial Hospital has over 5,000 N95 masks from the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile that, due to the age of the masks, need their elastic bands replaced.

PPE for Guam seeks volunteers to help repair these masks at a socially distanced event this Saturday, May 30.

Groups of five volunteers at a time will meet at GMH in shifts between 9am-4:30pm this Saturday, to repair and assemble the N95 masks. To ensure the safety of volunteers, and maintain sterile processes, volunteers will maintain socially distancing and practice additional safety measures.

“These are otherwise perfectly functioning N95 masks that, due to their age, simply need their elastic bands replaced,” said Allison Rutter, co-founder of PPE for Guam. “These valuable protective masks would otherwise have to be thrown away. Volunteers will be helping GMH by repairing these single-use masks to be used by doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers.”

No sewing experience is required, and all materials and instructions will be provided. Volunteers may register at facebook.com/groups/PPEforGuam, or email PPE for Guam at ppeforguam@gmail.com.

About PPE for Guam

PPE for Guam is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization formed to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to donate to Guam’s healthcare professionals, first responders, and others at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

PPE for Guam is located on the first floor of Ada Plaza Center on Aspinall Avenue in Hagatna (next to Mighty Purple), in office space generously donated by Ada’s Trust and Investment. The space is open from noon-4pm every weekday.