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Urgent Need: Children's Masks Donations

Due to the urgent need in the community, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH) is collecting children's masks for distribution. Maryland has required children over the age of 2 to wear masks or face coverings when in public establishments, yet most children in Baltimore City do not have masks. Additionally, 1 in 12 children suffer from respiratory illnesses and 1 in 15 children have asthma. This places them at great risk without masks.


MWPH is receiving donations of  DIY children-sized cloth masks. Once completed, masks can be placed in a plastic bag and dropped off at the security booth at the entrance to MWPH at 1708 W.Rogers Ave. Donations will be distributed to hospital patients as well as children in the community, as part of our food distribution efforts at various locations. 


How to Make Children's Masks

The instructions below are for child size masks.

The steps apply to all sizes of masks except for the cut of the material.


PRE-K (2–5 years old) — 6 x 6 inch squares
SCHOOL AGE (5–12 years old) — 7 x 7 inch squares

ADOLESCENTS (13–15 years old) — 9 (width) x 6 (height) inches

(1) Cut squares of two ply fabric to appropriate size.

(2) Cut ear loops (5–7 inches depending on stretch of fabric)

(3) Place loop ends between the two layers of fabric.
(4) Form two pleats as pictured.
(5) Finish with two rows of top stitch around the mask.


Step by Step Instructions for Adult-sized Masks

  • JOANN Fabrics has great instructional videos and guides for making masks at home.
  • Once completed, you can put the masks in a plastic bag and drop off the masks at the Security Booth at the entrance to MWPH. Employees staffing this location will place the masks into covered bins or plastic bags to keep them from getting dirty.
  • You may also mail in your masks:
    • Attn: Denise Pudinski
      Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
      1708 W. Rogers Ave.
      Baltimore, MD 21209
  • The masks will be distributed to staff, who will be responsible for safe cleaning and handling.