Philanthropy “masked” for charities


Sandra Le, Reporter

“Why are you wearing a mask?”

“They’re terribly comfortable,” Wesley said in The Princess Bride, “I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.” 

Who knew such a simple phrase could ultimately predict the future 33 years later? 

With the rise of COVID-19 cases, masks have become a necessity now more than ever in our daily lives. They’re one of several new normals. 

My great aunt and uncle have been making masks at home since quarantine first began and I started selling masks at the end of the summer. Initially, I posted pictures of the masks on social media, and soon, others began to spread the word.

Even though they live hundreds of miles away, what my family in Florida is doing makes a difference here. They didn’t begin making masks to make a profit for themselves; they’re just first-generation Americans who saw an opportunity to help those in need. 

Raising money for different causes even when you’re not keeping what you earn is  rewarding. It may sound cliché, but I love the feeling of knowing that what we’re helping with could possibly save someone’s life, whether it be from the masks or the money we raise.

So far just selling the masks in Wichita Falls, we’ve raised approximately $1,600. The proceeds generated will either be donated to charities or used to buy new materials to make more masks. My family has given money and masks to churches, while solely donating masks to fire departments and local schools. 

For only $6 each, you could buy a mask in a variety of simple patterns like polka dots or solid colors to styles inspired by expensive brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. 

When delivering, we put our masks in a ZipLoc bag for safekeeping. But as time goes on, I’m hoping that we can soon find a way to package them to look a little nicer. Masks can be picked up, dropped off, or delivered – however the buyer feels most comfortable. 

Masks may not have been in style when The Princess Bride came out, but they’re a must-have accessory right now. So you might as well personalize your mask collection and help those in need at the same time. 



To buy a mask from my family for $6, you can contact me on Instagram @sandranle.