US-based brand Haute Hijab has begun donating their headscarves to hijabi healthcare workers, many of whom are currently on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a response to a need to help veiled medical staff who do not have the luxury of time to wash their headscarves and sanitise them, with the soaring increase in hours of work expected from them.
Haute Hijab, founded by former civil rights lawyer Melanie Elturk, donated 250 jersey hijabs so far, but the demand for headscarves was more than anticipated, so Elturk is now crowdfunding donations in order to continue shipping headscarves to the medical staff who need them, and who are requesting for more through the forms Haute Hijab prepared in order to match supply with demand.
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Wow. When we announced our campaign to donate 250 Jersey Hijabs to medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 this morning, all 250 were spoken for in less than 45 minutes - which tells us there are hundreds if not thousands more who are putting themselves at risk. As a community we Muslims make up a healthy portion of the healthcare profession and so many of our friends and family members are currently risking their lives with this pandemic. Having a fresh, sanitary hijab is one less thing they’ll have to worry about. To keep this going (as suggested by our incredible HH Fam) we’re leaving the form open for any healthcare professional to fill out or for you to fill out on behalf of someone on the frontlines. To fulfill these requests, we created a product page for you to donate a hijab and we’ll ship a Jersey Hijab (which medical professionals say is the best product we carry for them) on your behalf. Tap on this photo or click the link in my bio to donate or swipe up in my story to request a hijab. We’re all in this together and we owe a debt of gratitude to everyone on the frontlines, risking their lives everyday. #Hijabs4Heroes #SponsorAHijab #COVID19 #Sadaqah
“As a community we Muslims make up a healthy portion of the healthcare profession,” says Elturk. “And so many of our friends and family members are currently risking their lives with this pandemic. Having a fresh, sanitary hijab is one less thing they’ll have to worry about.”
Donations are made in the form of purchasing a jersey hijab, which will automatically cover for another jersey hijab sent to a healthcare worker in need. As of last week, Haute Hijab had received 291 donation orders, with more than 1,700 healthcare workers on the waiting list - you can make your own donation to Haute Hijab through here.
Main image courtesy of Haute Hijab.