May 8, 2020
After learning about the shortage of masks nationwide because of the increased need for them due to COVID-19, and seeing how this shortage was impacting Milwaukee, a recent graduate in engineering and physics from the University of Miami spoke to his father Mike Kryshak to see how they could help. You see, Mike Kryshak is the owner of Rebel Converting in Saukville, WI., and his son Thaddeus approached his dad with the idea that they could use leftover materials from the business to make masks. Rebel Converting produces hospital grade disinfecting wipes. Leftover fabric from producing the wipes should be put to good use, and that is just what they did by making masks.
What started as a local initiative to supply masks to Milwaukee has turned into a national effort. An initial commitment to produce a million masks has turned into a commitment of over triple that amount, and with the help of several other local businesses and nonprofits, like the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Rebel Converting has committed to make 3.5 million masks for essential workers nationwide. And now, they are donating mask kits so that essential workers can have what they need for the unforeseeable future.
To learn more about #MaskUpMKE and how you can help in the mask making effort, visit MaskUpMKE. Similar stories can be found at United Way or the Greater Milwaukee Foundation website.
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