How to order: Click here for current fabric choices and your order form. Orders are completed in Marcie's spare time (evenings and weekends), and most are ready within a week.
Masks are made using the popular "3-D pattern" found on you-tube. Most are made with two layers, and while not technically reversible, the inside really does look pretty awesome if you turn them inside out to wear them! All masks are made with adjustable ear pieces so you can wear them comfortably. Naturally, we cannot guarantee your safety from COVID-19 if you wear one of these masks, but they do meet the criteria for face coverings, as required in most settings today. Masks are washable - either in the sink or throw them in with your laundry.
A message from Marcie Jones, Gentog owner:
Since April 2020 I've been sewing facemasks to help our community fight COVID-19. Originally I was sewing for my family and for the staff, children and seniors. As time wore on, people realized that mask wearing will be with us for a while, and we need mask wardrobes! So I kept sewing.
People started offering to pay for masks, and I decided that I couldn't take money for this project. It is a labor of love and of gratitude...while COVID-19 has had many negative impacts on our society, Gentog has been blessed with funding sources and good health. Cathy suggested that if I didn't want money for Gentog, perhaps we should raise money for charity, and Marcie's Masks Fundraisers were born!
I decided to raise money for charities that align with my values and those of Gentog. Here's what we've done so far:
Meals on Wheels People - $2700+ raised in July and August
Because no senior should go hungry or experience social isolation. This was a favorite place for my mom when she was able to volunteer.
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon - $3300+ raised in September
My Daddy lived with Parkinson's, and we looked to PRO for information on that disease, as well as exercise classes for him. How he loved exercising with Laura Lou!
Bridge Meadows - $2000+ in October
This organization is near to my heart for a variety of reasons. I adopted a daughter from foster care, and she was lucky enough to experience the love of many grandparents in our family. This community creates that same opportunity to build "families" in an intergenerational setting for children in foster care and it offers older adults an opportunity to make a difference and to interact with younger people daily. What could be better?
Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School - $4360 in November
This amazing school in Beaverton makes my heart happy! My original college major was Spanish, and I'm thrilled that my grandsons attend this school. Gentog is currently offering a bilingual learning support program for some of the Arco Iris students. We were happy to include Arco Iris in our fundraising efforts. Go Jaguars!
Good Neighbor Center - $2251 in December
This family shelter is located in Tigard, OR. It's been a favorite place to volunteer for my family for more than 20 years. The shelter offers a safe place for families as they transition to permanent housing. They do important work in our community...let's do what we can to support them!
Rebuilding Together Washington County - $1369 in Jan/Feb
This volunteer organization has a mission of providing home repairs to low-income homeowners in Washington County. Traditionally their major volunteer weekend happens at the end of April. Here's hoping that our fundraiser can help fund a great project as our community celebrates the conquering of COVID 19 this spring!
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center - $575 in March 2021
VGMHC provides high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care.
My Cousin - Debbie Kicks Cancer GoFundMe - April forward
Things just got personal. My lovely cousin is now fighting Breast Cancer. So as we continue to work together to fight COVID19 by wearing masks, all proceeds for my masks will be directed to her Debbie Kicks Cancer GoFundMe account.