This initiative originated from a personal need: our family was trying to buy cloth masks on Amazon, but they were either sold out, not protective enough or were being sold at heavily inflated prices. Fortunately, a family member who owns a factory in Vietnam, would be able to sell us high-quality masks for a reasonable price, but we had to buy them in bulk (>100,000 at a time). At first, we planned to buy them, keep a few for ourselves, sell the rest on Amazon, and then donate the proceeds to food banks. But then, we thought, why stop there? This is where our story begins and our uncertain future surrounding COVID-19 holds the next chapter of where this initiative will go.
Who We Are
The first supporter of The Mask Hub is Northwood School: a boarding school in Lake Placid, New York. Northwood is supporting The Mask Hub through the Innovation Hub: Northwood’s novel innovation, design, and entrepreneurship program.
The Mask Hub was started by the NguyenLe family: the family of Quy-An “Q” NguyenLe and Kirk NguyenLe, who are both students at Northwood School.
Quy-An Nguyenle ("Q")
Quy-An Nguyenle is a member of the Northwood School Class of 2021. She is a member of the Sustainability Club at Northwood School, and is passionate about reversing climate change. She likes SCUBA diving, observing animals and nature, rock climbing, studying history, and looking for strange, “useless” knowledge that may or may not be applicable in daily life (like how Twisted Sister testified before congress in 1985).
Her goal is to bring about social change in the world, and promote equality among people of different socioeconomic status.
Chase Ormiston is from Lake Placid, New York and is a senior at Northwood School. She enjoys skiing and spending time both outside and inside the classroom. She is a co-head of the community service club and a member of the student leadership team. Her goal is to ensure that all students at Northwood feel welcome and enjoy their time at school. She was interested in the mask initiative because she saw it as an opportunity to assist her community while also learning about nonprofits and how they function during the pandemic.
Ellie Colby is a senior at Northwood School. She is passionate about horseback riding, travel, and experiencing new languages and cultures. At school she is proud of her role as co-head of CARE, the community service group on campus. As a native of Saranac Lake, she is excited to take part in The Mask Hub to ensure her hometown and surrounding communities are protected amidst the pandemic. Above all, her goal is to make a positive impact on the world.