Help make protective masks! See post below...Dear Fellow Dayspringers, Are you someone who can sew and would like to help protect healthcare and other essential workers? In response to the major shortage of surgical face masks (and other PPE) putting healthcare workers and others at risk, people have been sewing fabric face masks to donate to frontline healthcare workers. Last Friday I posted a message on a private Facebook group (Living Chandler) asking the community for suggestions on how to distribute masks that my teenage daughter and I had started sewing. My post was inundated with requests from nurses and doctors in hospitals, ERs and every setting, immuno- compromised people (cancer & dialysis patients), daycare providers etc, etc, etc! The responses were overwhelming and I learned first-hand that the need is desperate as they either have a very minimal inadequate supply or none to protect themselves.
We've been on a sewing spree ever since, and we're still getting requests for masks. There were also many people who offered to help sew masks, and one of the commenters started a new facebook page to organize the seamstresses and the distribution of the masks to local healthcare workers. Would you like to join the effort? The masks are simple, made with 2 or more layers of prewashed cotton fabric (6" x9") and two 6-7" earloops. Here is a link to join that group to learn a lot more information and how to donate masks:
The group is also accepting donations to help with having the masks professionally laundered. They must be cleaned before distributing them. Hospitals have adjusted some of their rules to allow these home-sewn masks, but they still have some rules - you can find out more on that facebook group page.
Also, if you can't find elastic because it keeps running out everywhere, even Amazon (but will be restocked soon at Joann's), you might use elastic cording for jewelry making. Joann's and Michaels do online orders with curbside pickup. Dollar Tree also sells 6 pack skinny headbands that work well when cut into 6" strips for ear loops. Ribbons or crocheted yarn also could work. More info is on that group facebook page for mask making. Joann's also will give you one free yard of their clearance fabric to any mask maker.
I heard this from one of the nurses: PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP AT THE HOSPITALS/MEDICAL FACILITIES AS NO VISITORS ARE ALLOWED THIS TIME. If you would like to find out where to donate fabric masks I suggest joining the facebook page mentioned above or ask a healthcare worker you know if they need some. Thank you so much for helping if you can! Stay healthy.
Here are a couple of photos of healthcare workers wearing some of the fabric masks we made. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less