Veyna Karanth 14, was deeply moved by the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies available to frontline healthcare workers and hospitals.

Veyna who is freshman at Sequoia High School in Redwood City California decided to step up and sew the masks herself. She started making these masks from the first day of her spring break (March 16th) and a month later she is still at it.

Her pledge is to make/collect 500 masks. Today, she has 100 masks of which she has made 80 herself.

The demand for face masks continues to increase because the CDC has announced that everyone should wear a face mask. In the last 3 days, Veyna has received requests from non-profits like cancer organizations and veterans homes to send masks to them.

Furthermore, upset by the state of affairs in the country, she pledged to collect funds for Afya Foundation. Ayfa collects surplus medical equipment and donates it to hospitals around the country. Today, Ayfa is collecting money to deliver PPE to nurses to help in COVID-19 efforts.

Veyna started a Facebook donation campaign to donate $1000 for Ayfa and has collected $2,500 till date.

Here is an ask from her:


You can help by making masks!

If I get a few folks to volunteer to make masks,  I will not only reach my goal but go beyond to help the people that are risking their lives to help us. I am on my way to making 100 masks personally.

If you need materials, many organizations including JOANN’s are giving out free material. Here is a link to the instructions for the masks. Reach out to me if you have questions and I can work with you. My email – 

I can pick up all the masks and deliver them to the hospitals; you don’t need to step out of your house. Please share this post with your friends and family. Anything and everything helps!

– Veyna