Make and Donate Masks

Grade Level: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
A Simple Safe Service project from home: Make homemade masks from materials you have at home and donate to friends, community members, and local nonprofits.


Simple Safe Service activities are designed to spark generous action and conversations promoting the good of all. 

Our risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus goes down when we all wear cloth masks anytime we encounter people outside our home. Cloth masks can be worn and washed several times. With the need for masks growing, many people are making masks out of hankerchiefs, old T-shirts, and homemade materials. You can help keep your community safer by making and donating masks! 

  1. Why wear a mask? Research the latest information. The CDC is the most reliable place for up-to-date information. Here is one guide.
  2. Here is a mask-making tutorial if you have sewing skills and a sewing machine. 
  3. Here is a mask-making tutorial to convert an old T-shirt into a mask with no sewing skills needed. 
  4. When you have masks ready, contact a local volunteer agency or use social media to let people know you can donate them. 
  5. Learn more with a Learning to Give lesson Introduction to a Road Less Traveled       
  6. BONUS: Masks may be customized by getting to know the people you give them to. Combine this with the Conversations with Grandparents project and make "memory masks." Use verbal or writing skills when you share the final product. 

Reflection: As you make more masks, do you think your technique improved? Talk about the things you learned as you worked. 

Find more Simple Safe Servie activities.


Learning to Give ... 

  • educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  • equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  • empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).