Less than a month ago, Local 85 asked GSMACNA members to produce aluminum nose strips that would be used in hand-sewn masks for health care workers and first responders. Before receiving the strips, the mask making volunteers were using pipe-cleaners, paperclips, disposable baking pans, etc. as the form fitting nose piece.

Since then, we have received over 600 requests from various sewing groups and individuals totaling over 125,000 pieces requested. Thanks to GSMACNA members’ generous donations, we have mailed or delivered 475 packages accounting for almost 100,000 strips. EVP Slaick and Local Union 85 Business Agent James Jackson, delivered the first 5,000 strips to Nikki Carla Griffin with SMAH on Friday, April 17th. SMAH Atlanta is just one of the many groups requesting the strips. They have thousands of individuals sewing mask coverings for local hospitals including CHOA, Grady, Northside, Piedmont, and Wellstar.


SMART Local 85 members cutting the nose strips.

Thank yous received from health care workers, police officers, and the mask making volunteers!