Mother-Daughter Duo Raises Money To Make Masks For Workers
They've fought their own health battles. Now they're using their experience to help others.
Rashina Phinisee and her daughter Assiah are used to living in quarantine. Assiah was diagnosed with drug-induced hepatitis at six days old and has undergone two liver transplants since then.
In August 2008, the Philadelphia-based family started the non-profit "Assiah's Liver Fund" to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation in communities of color.
Assiah, now 10, has written several children's books that discuss organ transplants. She also makes organic lemonade and beauty products that promote healthy living.
Assiah sells organic lemonade and other beauty products through the foundation. Assiah's Liver Fund/Facebook
After hearing Philadelphia was in desperate need of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Rashina and Assiah knew they had to help.
Their organization is now raising money to make custom facemasks for local hospitals to help those fighting on the frontlines of the virus.
Thanks to donations raised through the Cash App, Rashina has been able to purchase material in bulk to make the cotton masks with elastic bands. The masks have a pocket to hold an N95 filter, which adds further protection.
Assiah's Liver Fund is raising money to make masks for hospital workers and others who are vulnerable to Covid-19. Assiah's Liver Fund/Facebook
So far, they've made 60 masks and donated them to healthcare workers, home aides, caregivers, and others who may be vulnerable to the virus.
"I've had people reach out to me and say 'hey, you know my mother's elderly and she still has to go out and I need a mask for my mom,'" Rashina told KYW News Radio.
While doctors don't recommend using masks without N95 filters that aren't properly fitted, she said the homemade options "could be better than nothing."
The mother-daughter duo has donated 60 masks and they're hoping to make hundreds more. Assiah's Liver Fund/Facebook
The duo is hoping to make 100 more masks in the upcoming weeks and are hoping to get more people who know how to sew on board.
Along with making masks, Assiah's Liver Fund has been sharing helpful tips on their Facebook page to help stop the spread of Covid-19, especially when it comes to protecting those with compromised immune systems.
"Everyone has please be mindful of those populations who are at increased risk of mortality and please stay home to help us to reduce and stop the spread," one Facebook post reads. "As always be safe."
It's great to see people like Rashina and Assiah stepping up to make a difference in their communities. Hopefully, others will be inspired to do the same!