A week ago we reported in the BLZ about Ferdinando Esposito, who in a spontaneous campaign sewed and donated face masks for the village shop of his home town of Thier. At this point, the fashion designer was already reporting various inquiries about his masks. But what resonated on him after our article, “The Fly Man” had never known.
In the beginning, the native Italian, who has lived in Germany since the age of eight, acted from the simple human impulse, “I want to do something in the situation”. Simply sew a few masks for those who need one: “Totally chilled”.
In the meantime, more and more emails reach him every day. On the one hand offers for material donations, for example, but mainly inquiries about his products.
Overrun with pleading requests
Nursing services, medical practices, fire departments, regulatory agencies, even hospitals and a bank from Radevormwald overrun Esposito with pleading requests for face masks. In some cases, he says, the requests are so strange that he has started to personally check each one in order to get an idea.
As much as he is happy about every single donation, even if some of it is unusable and he has to laboriously dispose of it again, he is stunned by the phenomenon that society is apparently unable to solve this problem. Even a children's hospice from Frankfurt asked for his help.
“I had to refuse, I just can't make it.” His wife is sitting at the sewing machine, he can only set up the logistics and sit in the car all day and distribute the goods. In the meantime, he works with a contract sewing company from Wuppertal, which is supposed to produce 200 masks a week for him.
But they can't do it for free, they have to take 1.50 euros per mask. “I pay that out of my pocket. Those who need it have nothing and that annoys me. “
Esposito describes his emotional state as divided. “I met a lot of great people and got great feedback. But I've also experienced a lot of misery, ”he says.
“If a fabric store doesn't even respond to a request for support, then you start to feel fooled and wonder why I'm doing it.” He still wants to help as long as he can, then you have to see what happens.