Skulls and Drills donates pediatric masks to Northwest Community Hospital

Chicago – May 28, 2020 

By Ranya Sharma

Hello all,

We hope this message finds you well during these challenging times.

This week, we donated 32 pediatric masks to Northwest Community
Hospital ( in Arlington Heights, Illinois, as we were made aware of the need
of masks for children.

By adjusting our pre-existing measurements and patterns for adult-sized
masks, we adapted to accommodate children.

As the virus remains rampant, we are looking for volunteers to help us
with our project. If you are interested, please contact us at .

Skulls and Drills continues making fabric face masks during Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic

Chicago – May 7, 2020 

By Ranya Sharma

Hello all, we hope this message finds you well!

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have sewn approximately 300 masks and have been donating them to our community.

On April 29 th , we donated 33 masks to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL.

After speaking with the hospital staff, we learned of how the health of children is increasingly harmed due to the shortage of masks. For this reason, we are currently making pediatric masks for children of 3 years and above.

If you can sew and would like to help us with our endeavor, please contact us at

COVID-19 explained

Illustration revealing ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses (CDC)

Chicago – April 28, 2020 

By Ranya Sharma

“Coronavirus” is an umbrella term, referring to a group of viruses that affect birds and mammals. Out of hundreds of coronaviruses, only seven are known to affect humans. Out of these seven, four have symptoms similar to those of a cold. The other three are more severe and have higher risks.
The type of coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China has been named SARS-CoV-2. Scientists have suspected that the outbreak originated through transmission from bats to humans in unsanitary markets. However, the story is shaky as greater research is being performed.
The virus primarily spreads through human contact. It is found in water droplets that form from breathing, and these droplets spread when we talk, cough, sneeze and breathe. The virus can enter one’s body as soon as they come in contact with one of these droplets.
The best protection one can have is to not touch their face and to wash their hands. Maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people is also crucial. Not only does it reduce your chances to contract the virus, but it also reduces the chances of you spreading it. Many have the virus and are infectious, yet do not experience any symptoms.
During this time, communities are coming together. Through local food drives, to the shipment of resources to households, people are helping each other, although they may not be meeting face to face. Skulls and Drills is creating homemade cloth face masks. We are donating them to local hospitals and senior citizens in our community. As tensions are high and it seems like the whole world is holding their breath, waiting for updates, it is important to be more compassionate and kinder now than ever. Through kindness in the form of donations to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund or in the form of alleviating the conditions of those in poverty, any small act will make a difference.

Sources Used:
Healthline, No date, “Coronavirus Types and Which Type is Wreaking Havoc Worldwide,
David Levine, 4-1-2020, “These Are the Ways Coronavirus Spreads,” US News & World Report, spread

What is TBI?

CT Scan of the human brain with a subdural hematoma

Chicago – April 18, 2020 

By Rhea Sharma

Most brain surgeries occur for reasons like a possible brain tumor, or blood-vessel-related issues (hemorrhages or hematomas). Damage to brain dura (tissue), infections, or skull fractures are other, less common reasons for brain surgeries. 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are more common than the average person would expect, and if untreated, can have fatal consequences. By exploring some of the most common symptoms, causes, and treatment, we can begin to encourage more knowledge of the subject and subsequent community awareness. 

Mild traumatic brain injuries usually have rather temporary consequences, but should nevertheless be treated. Common physical symptoms to look out for include loss of consciousness, headaches, nausea, fatigue, speech problems, sleep irregularities, and dizziness. Other sensory and cognitive symptoms include blurred vision, ringing in ears, sensitivity, memory problems, and mood changes. Moderate to severe TBIs can include any of these symptoms, as well as other symptoms that may arise after an injury, including a persistent headache, seizures, pupil dilation, numbness, loss of coordination, large amounts of confusion, slurred speech, and even coma. While these symptoms can go unnoticed, it is important to contact a doctor immediately, following notable irregularities in your physical, sensory, or cognitive areas. 

TBIs are most often caused by a blow or injury to the head. These injuries are usually instances of falls, vehicle collisions, sports injuries, and violence. Care should be taken to avoid such instances through the preventative use of seat belts and airbags, helmets, and safe driving habits. 

In rare cases, TBIs can lead to debilitating complications. Instances of altered consciousness like coma or brain death can occur, and physical complications like seizures, fluid buildup, infections, or severe blood vessel damage can occur. Other complications include cognitive or behavioral irregularities. 

Typically, imaging tests are used in order to diagnose TBI severity and begin the treatment process. CT scans and MRIs help reveal evidence of bleeding in the brain, fractures, blood clots, or brain tissue swelling. Treatment is typically a combination of medication and surgery. Medication usually includes diuretics, which reduce the amount of fluids and reduce pressure, and anti-seizure drugs, which are used preventively, as brain injury puts people at high risk for seizures. Surgery is also used to minimize any additional damage to brain tissues. 

In conclusion, we can understand that while TBIs may seem like rare cases, it is important to remember that TBIs are a major cause of death and disability worldwide. It is crucial to stay informed on such medical conditions and understand their common symptoms in order to ensure a quick diagnosis. We hope to increase awareness at all levels, and we hope that this piece helped you stay informed. 

Skulls and Drills makes fabric face masks during Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic

Chicago – April 3, 2020 

By Ranya Sharma

Due to shortage of protective gear, fabric masks are a last response option according to “Skulls and Drills” followed CDC guidelines to home sew masks for donations to health care workers at St. Alexius hospital.

We have delivered more than 100 fabric masks to healthcare personnel and hospitals in the Chicagoland area.

Fabric masks are not considered PPE and their capability to protect against COVID-19 is unknown. These masks are intended for healthcare professionals who are versed in their potential use for their needs.

Skulls and Drills Featured in the News

Chicago – Jan 20, 2020 

By Ranya Sharma

Thank you Daily Herald for publishing our story.

The Daily Herald is a daily newspaper based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The newspaper is distributed in the northern, northwestern and western suburbs of Chicago.

Skulls and Drills Earned a 2019 Bronze Seal of Transparency

Chicago – Dec 21, 2019 

By Rhea Sharma

Skulls and Drills just earned a 2019 Bronze Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar.

Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find out more about our mission and programs.

Plus, we’ve provided fresh information to 200+ charitable websites and applications that use GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good.

What do you think? Check out our profile at

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Foundation Center and GuideStar have joined forces to become a new nonprofit called Candid. Learn more at

Skulls and Drills Fall Bake Sale Concludes

Chicago – Dec 12, 2019 

By Rhea Sharma

Our Fall Bake Sale has concluded ! We successfully raised $350.

Thanks to everyone who placed orders for Thumbprint Butter Cookies, Almond Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Snowballs. We hope you like the cookies.