Mississippi Mask Drive

Welcome to the Mississippi Mask Drive! Together with our partners, we thank you sincerely for your interest in helping those who work and live in Mississippi’s locked facilities. MCJ has witnessed the incredible capacity Mississippians have for generosity in the face of crisis. In that spirit of community, we invite any Mississippi locked facility to request masks and all Mississippians to help make them.

Reducing the number of individuals confined in locked facilities, such as detention and secure treatment facilities, is the best way to protect all Mississippians during the COVID-19 pandemic. When all population reduction measures have been exhausted, staff and individuals who remain need masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have promulgated “Crisis Capacity Strategies” for use when surgical and N95 face masks are not available; these include the use of cloth masks.

To Receive Masks

If your locked facility would use cloth masks, please fill out this simple Facility Form. Our Mask Drive Coordinator will direct mask makers to send finished masks directly to your facility on a rolling basis. Wash before first use.

To Make Masks

If you have created masks and are ready to send them to a facility, please complete this form. We’ll let you know where the masks need to go. Please make masks according to the specifications below. Many thanks to the area hospital physicians who allowed us to share the pattern and instructional video that they created internally for their own use. This mask design (which uses no elastic) is made to stand up to the daily sterilizations and washings required.

Watch Our Start-to-Finish Video Tutorial: How To Make #MSMaskDrive Mask!

If you have any questions or comments about the Mississippi Mask Drive, please email pwu@mscenterforjustice.org.
We sincerely thank our Mississippi mask-making heroes!
Please review Mississippi Center for Justice’s COVID-19 response page for more resources and information about MCJ’s response to the COVID crisis.

Mississippi Mask Drive Partners

  • Craftsman Guild of Mississippi
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Diocese of Jackson
  • Mississippi National Baptist State Convention
  • Mississippi State Conference NAACP
  • MacArthur Justice Center