Fulton County student provides mask comfort to healthcare workers

Aditi Mohan is pictured in a car with a box of ear savers in her lap.
Aditi Mohan, a junior at Chattahoochee High School, crochets ear savers for healthcare workers during the pandemic. Mohan has made over 500 ear savers since she began in April 2020. Courtesy of Aditi Mohan

Since the coronavirus became widespread in spring of 2020, masks have become a staple in most people’s wardrobes. Face masks that cover the mouth and nose in fabric often have elastic loops that are secured around the ears, which, after a long period of wear, can cause bothersome irritation. Aditi Mohan, a junior at Chattahoochee High School, started crocheting ear savers in April of 2020 to help solve that problem.

“Going to work in a pandemic, especially when cases are rising or during the holiday season, is not ideal, and it is a health risk, but these people continue to serve the community, and I think it is crucial to honor and appreciate them,” said Mohan, who is also a member of Student Leadership Johns Creek. “Being able to provide healthcare workers and essential workers some comfort is a privilege.”

Ear savers are strips of crocheted fabric with buttons at each end that transfer the pressure of a face mask’s straps from the ears to the buttons. At this point, Mohan has produced more than 500 ear savers.

“Healthcare workers have always inspired me for their dedication to keeping the public safe, and during the pandemic my respect for them increased tenfold for their fortitude and courage. I was eager to help them in any way,” said Mohan.

Mohan has sent orders of ear savers to healthcare workers across the country, workers at the Ronald McDonald House, local dentists offices and to a hospital in the United Kingdom that requested them.

Who’s helping?

Aditi Mohan is making Ear Savers

Services: Mohan crochets ear savers, which are strips of fabric with buttons at each end that transfer the pressure of face mask elastics to the buttons to prevent ear irritation.

Where supplies have gone: Mohan has sent ear savers all over the country, but notable orders were sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom, Fulton County dentists and to Ronald McDonald House.

Where to donate: People can donate buttons or other supplies by emailing aditim430@gmail.com

To request ear savers: Email aditim430@gmail.com to request ear savers of your own.

If you are involved in or know of an organization working to bring relief to the Atlanta community during the coronavirus pandemic OR you are with an organization with supplies that you don’t know where to donate, please email us at Shannon.n.Dominy@gmail.com.

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