Mindy Vincent originally bought the masks for her staff at the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition. Now, she's making the masks herself and selling them for a good cause.

By Faith Brar
April 13, 2020
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Countless people are finding ways to DIY their own face masks now that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended cloth face coverings as a voluntary precaution against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're in the market for a face mask (and don't really feel like DIYing), a social worker from Utah has you covered.

Back in March, Mindy Vincent, founder and executive director of the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition (UHRC, a nonprofit that provides syringe exchange services), needed to buy face masks for her staff, who are continuing to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, she explained in a recent Facebook video. "We serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community," said Vincent, explaining that it's crucial to keep serving these folks, especially in the middle of a pandemic. (Related: A 21-Year-Old College Student Is Making Clear Face Masks for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Apparently the masks that were slated to deliver the fastest at that time, happened to be covered in penis print designs, continued Vincent.

When the shipment of face masks finally arrived, Vincent immediately took to social media to share photos of them. "I wore this [mask] to Walmart and PetCo today," she wrote in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral with over 168,000 likes and 400,000 shares. "When someone tells me my mask has penises on it, I kindly let them know this is how I determine they are too close, kindly back the [expletive] up." (BTW, here's everything you need to know about social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.)

Unfortunately, Vincent said she no longer has the original masks she ordered. But, she said she and her staff "have the material" to make similar masks and will be selling DIY versions on the UHRC website. Along with the OG penis design, you can also buy masks with boobs and vaginas on them—because, you know, #equality.

The best part? All proceeds will go toward supporting Vincent's nonprofit and its substance abuse prevention initiatives, shared Vincent.

Considering how hard it is to come by face masks these days, why not go with something that gets the job done, supports a good cause, and will make you laugh whenever you wear it?

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. As updates about coronavirus COVID-19 continue to evolve, it’s possible that some information and recommendations in this story have changed since initial publication. We encourage you to check in regularly with resources such as the CDC, the WHO, and your local public health department for the most up-to-date data and recommendations.

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