Not a year in review, but wanted to share some news and an overview of how the 86C19 Movement is doing.
Since Sept 2020 we’ve raised a little less than two thousand dollars in profit by selling cozy masks. So far the 86C19 Movement has; directly supported three locally-owned restaurants with $500 cash each, joined the fight against meal insecurities by so far providing one-hundred meals to those in the hospitality industry (and the industry’s family tree that consists of beauticians, musicians, entertainers, nightlife, hoteliers and more), led by example and effectively put almost four hundred comfy washable masks on faces in Silicon Valley, and has done it all thanks to the over fifty generous givers and believers in the 86C19 Movement….and we keep pressing onward.
The need for mask awareness and encouraging people to wear a mask, and properly, is still at an all time high, especially in our heavily populated Silicon Valley. During the month of December 2020 and most of January 2021, our county (Santa Clara County) was on full lock-down, and several businesses were closed or reduced to limited hours and offerings, and during this time, the need for both wearing masks and meal relief were through the roof. This is why the 86C19 Movement lives, and why we can’t and won’t stop until this pandemic is over.
We, and everyone in the 86C19 Movement, are doing our best to keep the mask awareness and food insecurities conversations alive, because we understand that knowledge is power. When 86C19 masks are on faces, not only do we know that meals are being provided to those in need, we also know that mask awareness is being supported by courteous members of our community. Wearing a mask is not about fear, it’s about being safe rather than sorry. Its about showing respect for the community during this almost 1-year old pandemic. It’s about understanding that the sooner more folks take mask wearing seriously, the sooner we can remove the masks from our faces all together. It’s a means to the end, and the 86C19 Movement is leveraging the opportunity as the World’s first Masks for Meals Movement.
We’re also proud to have put almost four hundred Earth friendly, washable, made in the USA, and super cozy masks to use in our community. The idea that those who join the 86C19 Movement are being eco-friendly by avoiding disposable masks, makes our entire cause that much better. As we’ve known, disposable masks are ending up littered in places they shouldn’t and in some cases killing wildlife. It makes us happy to know that 86C19 masks are sustainable and aren’t adding to the problems that surround disposable masks.
As you may know, the 86C19 Movement works when we people Join the cause, and we could use as many folks to join us as possible. Over the last few weeks we’ve received some great feedback from the community, started to investigate and learn from similar meal relief programs like ours, and are making small pivot moves to improve on how we can raise more money for meals.
For example: We’ve started looking into becoming a legit 501c3 non-profit, and even though it could take several months and thousands of dollars to complete, slowly but surely we’re heading that direction. We’ve connected with a new local printshop allowing us to lower our costs for the same product, and add 86C19 shirts as an order option. We’ve also started to accept direct donations for those who want to help buy meals, but have enough masks. Its currently set-up on Venmo @carlfoisy or PayPal.me/carlfoisy .
As we continue on with our mission, and use 86C19 to generate goodness on so many levels, we can only encourage you to join and share the 86C19 Movement so we can continue to support local businesses, our environment, and the people in our community.