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Archive August 2020 XXI, No. 8

Ideas That Work: Volunteer Effort

'Ear Savers' Have Mask Soreness Covered

The Ear Savers Crew
WHAT A RELIEF Dozens of crocheters and knitters are producing these "ear savers," which alleviate the ear-straining pressure of a mask's elastic band.

Now that many healthcare workers need to wear masks all day due to the pandemic, many complain that the elastic supports are rough on their ears, even rubbing them raw in some instances. That’s how The Ear Savers Crew came into existence this spring. We’ve established a network of more than 50 volunteer crocheters and knitters throughout Connecticut and New York to create Ear Savers that we donate to essential workers at surgery centers and hospitals (and other workplaces beyond health care). We sew buttons on both ends of a small knitted or crocheted band. By putting the mask’s elastic supports around the buttons, the elastic doesn’t rub the back of the ears. Each Ear Savers is washed and placed in an individual zip-close bag that’s stapled to an enveloped note, which thanks the recipient for their work during the pandemic.

We’re raising money to cover our costs for supplies such as yarn, thread, buttons, shipping and packing supplies at (A $5 donation would let us purchase enough yarn to make about 30 bands.) As of mid-July, we’ve delivered more than 5,000 Ear Savers to people in seven states. We’re currently working on outfitting entire staffs at four hospitals and seven grocery stores. We plan to do this as long as we’re needed to help as many ears as we can, and we’d love to help the staffers at your facility. Just send your order to the email below (include “Ear Savers Request” in the subject line).

Holly Broderick
The Ear Savers Crew

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