Masks Now Coalition launches homemade mask group in Tennessee

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Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 20:34:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Masks Now Coalition has launched a Tennessee group for getting homemade masks to essential businesses and individuals in need.

The Masks Now Coalition is a grassroots movement of volunteers who banded together in response to the national shortage of personal protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. They match requests from those in need to volunteers in their respective community.

The Masks Now Coalition has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a standard design for the production of three-layer homemade masks that meet the CDC's recommendations.

The Tennessee arm of the coalition is requesting volunteers to support the state in response to the coronavirus.

"There is a huge need for community outreach volunteers, distributors, administrative helpers and an urgent need for sewists, in order to donate as many masks as possible," said Brenda Gadd, a Tennessee state lead for the Masks Now Coalition.

Those interested can text "masks" to 50409, or reach out to or, for more information. Anyone interested in volunteering can do so on the Masks Now website.