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Inspired by employees, local business donates face masks to newcomers

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Misty Mountain Manufacturing is family-owned business producing high-quality sewn goods right here in Seattle. They sew and embroider bags and custom canvas goods, and more recently due to COVID-19, have started producing face masks.

Misty Mountain has been a long-time employment partner of the IRC in Seattle, hiring many newcomers over the past ten years. As part of their mission, the company aims to keep - and grow - the skilled sewing workforce and domestic manufacturing economy in Seattle. “IRC has helped us build our amazing Georgetown-based team by connecting us with talented, hard-working, and successful candidates for job openings” says Peter, the owner of Misty Mountain.

Masks, sewn and donated by Misty Mountain Manufacturing. Photo: Misty Mountain Mfg

Peter and the staff - some of whom are former IRC employment program participants - voted to donate masks to various community organizations, including the IRC! The Misty Mountain team is glad to be able to help others during this difficult time. "It feels very good, " says Peter. "We believe we are in a position to produce a product that is at the top of the list for practicing safe measures when engaging with the public during this pandemic." 

The IRC is grateful to be a recipient of these beautiful, locally-sewn masks, which will help families from refugee and immigrant communities stay healthy and safe. In addition to masks, IRC staff are delivering health & hygiene items, food, school supplies, and other essentials to the homes of newcomers. IRC caseworkers are also in regular contact with more than 400 families in the Seattle area, helping to meet changing health, economic, and social needs related to COVID-19. 

Thanks to incredible local businesses, generous former refugees, and enthusiastic community groups and volunteers, we have been able to share thousands of masks with newcomers in our community!

►Read more about the IRC in Seattle's COVID-19 response and contribute to our Emergency Fund to help refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking.

►Inspired by Misty Mountains' work? Sew masks for newcomers from home (child sized masks are highly needed!)