Millions of Masks for Children Initiative

The Millions of Masks for Children Initiative, sponsored by SmartAID, is focused on providing face masks to children to protect them from COVID-19. Started in Washington State, the Millions of Masks for Children Initiative is expanding its reach to include additional children across the U.S. in an effort to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than a million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Every day more children are infected by the deadly virus.

Join us in protecting children and slowing the spread of COVID-19!

Our initiative is growing nationwide

Our milestones

December 1, 2020


The Millions of Masks for Children Initiative kicked off in Washington State where more than one million masks were donated to 5,427 child care and youth programs. Child Care Aware of Washington, School’s Out Washington (including Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA), Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, Head Start Program, and the Kent Community Partners and other organizations received masks. In addition, masks were delivered to children in migrant, refugee and tribal communities via the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and the Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees.

Special thanks to FLTR, a leading supplier of a wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE), for donating the one million masks, and DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, for donating logistics and delivery services. SEKO Logistics donated warehousing services.

December 18, 2020


As part of the Millions of Masks for Children Initiative, more than one million children’s face masks were donated to the State of Utah’s Unified Command and are being distributed in disadvantaged communities and other groups including Red Cross offices, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCAs, and tribal communities across Utah.

Thanks to FLTR for donating the masks, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) for coordinating the distribution throughout Utah, and DHL for providing shipping to Utah on a pro-bono basis.

January 2, 2021


The Millions of Masks for Children team partnered with FLTR to donate and deliver nearly 400,000 bottles of travel size hand sanitizer to the American Red Cross for their recent Safety Kit Build Day at their headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the American Red Cross volunteers to help build thousands of safety supply kits stuffed with masks, our donated bottles of hand sanitizer, and other essential items to give to people in communities that are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In addition, we helped coordinate the delivery of FLTR’s additional donation of 64,800 bottles of hand sanitizer to senior and homeless centers in LA.

Thanks again to our partner FLTR for their generous donation of a total of nearly 465,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and the shipping expenses to LA.

January 5, 2021


The Millions of Masks for Children Initiative and C19 Coalition team coordinated the delivery of a large truckload of hand sanitizer bottles to Alaska. Thanks to FLTR’s generous donation of 259,200 travel size bottles of hand sanitizer and their donation of the freight to Alaska, the Anchorage School District can now supply their students and staff hand sanitizer desperately needed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

February 2, 2021


We’re working with C19 Coalition, Project N95 and Alaska PPE Resource Links to facilitate the donation and delivery of another large shipment of one liter bottles of Faber hand sanitizer to Alaska. The Alaska PPE Resource Links is a collaborative effort between the Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Denali Commission, and The Alaska Community Foundation. Lynden International, the Food Bank of Alaska and Matson shipping company are providing warehousing and freight services for the shipment of 11,616  bottles of hand sanitizer from Seattle to Alaska.  

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Trang Le

Co-Founder, Millions of Masks for Children

“I believe that helping keep children safe during the pandemic is an important mission. By supporting child care organizations, we’re providing the support that parents and families need

to be able to focus on getting back to work during this chaotic time.”


Shachar Zahavi

Founder & CEO, SmartAID

“At SmartAID our core mission is to harness the power of innovation, data and technology, and our extensive network of partners to save lives, alleviate suffering and empower communities to live the kind of life they value. It’s absolutely critical to protect children from COVID-19 by providing masks. Washington State is just the start.”

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Jason Lemelson


“FLTR is a mission-driven organization led by a seasoned team of manufacturing, supply chain and retail veterans that’s been on the front lines of the COVID battle since early March. Our purpose is to ensure widespread availability of critically needed PPE to health care workers and consumers alike. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were in a strong position to make a difference and immediately pivoted our existing organization to provide a reliable source of N95 respirators and other PPE at scale. We were fortunate to connect with Trang Le and Shachar Zahavi with Millions of Masks for Children and quickly realized our partnership could create immediate impact in Washington state and beyond. We believe this initial donation is the start of something much larger and look forward to continuing to help in any way we can.”

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Greg Hewitt

CEO, DHL Express U.S.

“During this pandemic, we have offered our resources to help deliver protective personal equipment to communities where it is needed most, including to medical professionals and first responders. At DHL, we are pleased to leverage our extensive global network to provide support that connects people and improves lives, and are grateful to our wonderful employees who have continued to work during these difficult times and enable us to help others in need."

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Deeann Burtch Puffert

CEO, Child Care Aware of Washington

“We are very grateful to Millions of Masks for Children and these organizations for taking action to meet the needs of Washington’s child care providers and the children and families they serve. This extremely generous donation of a million child-size face masks will help keep everyone in our state safer, from our essential child care providers to the families of children in their care.”


Stephanie Frohman

EDCUtah director of special projects

“At EDCUtah, we say half in jest that our job is to 'know someone,' and getting to know and collaborating with Millions of Mask for Children Initiative is certainly helping Utah’s recovery efforts. We hope to continue working with them to share best practices with other states and local governments as we all cope together with this crisis.”


Mike Moon

Associate Director of UServeUtah and a member of the Unified Command team

“These masks will go a long way to help protect our state’s youth, in particular minority and low-income individuals. We are working with our partners to develop a distribution and use plan that will ensure the donation is used in the most effective way possible to further honor the generosity of FLTR, SmartAID, and DHL.”

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