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Cloth Rainbow Masks Contain Hidden Messages

Bonus: They were designed by kids.

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Across the country, many states are requiring their residents to wear face coverings when they’re out in public per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommendation to protect against coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are plenty of mask options to choose from, few are as positive—or as adorable—as these new rainbow face coverings, designed by real kids in New York City.

“After every storm comes a rainbow. But look around, and this time you’ll see them long before it’s over. Kids around the world are painting rainbows to spread cheer—and twelve of them created the ones on these masks.” the product description reads on Uncommon Goods’ website. The retailer is donating 100% of the masks’ proceeds to NYC Health + Hospitals, the country’s largest public health system.

Inspired by the rainbows that people are painting on windows as a sign of hope, the masks—which cost $25 for a pack of two so you can wear one and wash one—contain uplifting messages, like “keep smiling” and “lift others up.” Made of two layers of cotton, each mask has a colorful rainbow print and two straps (one that you tie yourself so you can adjust it to fit your own face). Kids and adults alike can choose from three different pairings of the blue, white, and yellow masks, which can easily be machine-washed and tumble-dried.

And who are the talented—and young—artists behind the masks’ pretty design? Twelve NYC children: Jordanna, 11; Bennett, 11; Bryson, 10; Boden, 10; Madison, 10; Alex, 8; Mallory, 7; Poppy, 7; James, 6; Scarlett, 4; Theo, 3; and James, 1 year and 4 months. Uncommon Goods shared some snapshots of the original rainbow paintings (and the adorable faces who drew them!) on their Instagram page.

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All over the world, kids are painting 🌈🌈and displaying them in windows to spread a message of hope and solidarity. These kid-created* masks do the same, but with a twist: Uncommon Goods is donating 100% of mask sale profits to NYC Health + Hospitals. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ *Art by Scarlett, age 4: Alex, 8; James, 6; Madison, 10; Poppy, 7; Theo, 3; James, 1 year and 4 months; Boden, 10; Bennett, 11; Bryson, 10, Mallory, 7 1/2, and Jordanna, 11.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Link in bio.⁠⠀ . ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ . ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Featured good: 'Set of 2 Rainbow Face Coverings'⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #masksale #masksavelives #community #rainbows #health #family #wellness #healthworkers #hospitals #nyc #essentials #COVID19 #helpeachother #safetyfirst #hope #kidsart #creative #healthcare #support #coveryourface #helpfulchange #goodcause ⁠

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