Provided by House of Mercy
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a vast shortage of medical supplies to help protect healthcare workers. House of Mercy’s mission is to help others in any capacity the organization can. They saw a need and started a Mask Making Initiative at the end of March to help fill it.
A Call to Action
House of Mercy issued a Call of Action to their volunteers, supporters, donors, and friends to help make 5,000 masks to donate to local essential heroes. So many people came forward to be a part of their virtual assembly line. People from all over Northern Virginia donated fabric, offered mask-making advice and wrote “how-tos” for other volunteers. People cut fabric, organized droves of volunteers from their own communities (specifically the Heritage Hunt Community), and sewed the masks. The support was inspiring.
Thanks to the multitude of volunteers who gave endless hours of hard work and love to make these masks. House of Mercy met and surpassed the goal 5,000 masks! The grand total was 5,308 masks.
Front line heroes from the following organizations contacted House of Mercy requesting help supplying their departments with masks:
- NOVANT Hospital,
- Manassas City Police Department,
- Manassas City Public Works,
- Manassas City Treasurer’s Office,
- Manassas City Traffic Control,
- Manassas City Finance Department,
- Manassas City Department of Revenue,
- Manassas City Department of Social Service,
- Nokesville Fire Department, and
- MedStar Hospital in Washington, D.C.
House of Mercy’s Mission and Hours
House of Mercy’s mission is to perform works of mercy. By participating in the Mask Making Initiative, volunteers made it possible to accomplish the Corporal Work of Mercy of visiting the sick when doing that in person is not an option. House of Mercy sends thanks to everyone who supported them and to the heroes still tirelessly working on the front lines.
House of Mercy’s Thrift Store is now open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Donation Center is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and their Food Pantry is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please visit houseofmercyva.org for updated days and times and new guidelines.
We are still being hit financially by the effects of COVID-19. Any help the community can offer to help fill that deficit, even volunteering your time, is appreciated.