These Jewish brothers are making face masks out of yarmulkes to protect Houston's homeless

Matthew and Jeremy Jason plan to turn the hundreds of kippahs that were dropped off at Congregation Brith Shalom into face masks.

(CNN)With masks in short supply, a pair of Houston teenagers found a way to use yarmulkes to help protect some of their city's most vulnerable people -- the homeless.

With the help of their family, Matthew and Jeremy Jason have given away over 300 face masks made from yarmulkes to Houston's homeless.

Kippahs to the Rescue

    The project is called Kippahs to the Rescue. A kippah (Hebrew) or yarmulke (Yiddish) is a traditional Jewish head covering. The brothers came up with their idea over a family Shabbat dinner, which is typically a time to reflect and be grateful.
    "The community has given us a lot, and my family wants to be a part of that," 15-year-old Matthew Jason told CNN. "We want to be able to help others."
    The Jasons were discussing the recent CDC recommendations for Americans to wear face masks in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    "We realized that the kippah fits the shape of a mask."
    A Houston man wears one of the masks from Kippahs to the Rescue.
    The Jason brothers have been spending their Fridays volunteering with Food Not Bombs, a Houston nonprofit that feeds the hungry. During that time, they realized how difficult it could be for those experiencing homelessness to deal with the coronavirus threat.
    "They don't have a lot of money or access to masks," Matthew explained. "So we're like, 'Hmm, that'd actually be kind of cool to see wh