As health care workers, first responders, and grocery store or ‘essential workers’ scramble to protect themselves and others by wearing masks, one thing seems to be clear – the need for these folks to have well sewn, correctly constructed masks will likely go on for a while. Our own Boulder City Hospital reversed an earlier decision that they could not accept the use of masks made by individuals, and then on April 2nd in a Facebook Post HERE, I announced that yes indeed, they were open to accepting hand sewn masks that were made to certain specifications.
Enter these two talented and seriously amazing women in Boulder City: Katie Kilar(right) and Karen Piel(left), who have organized the COVID-19 Sewing For Healthcare Facebook Group. Sporting their masks, socially distanced of course, this Wednesday was the first day they’ve ever met in person! But these ladies organized in quick and efficient millitary-style-manner and pulled together a group that’s been BUSY here in town. (They need capes don’t they!?! Super-hero capes as far as I’m concerned!)
Their resourcefulness is incredible. They started a few weeks ago, initially responding to requests from medical centers, such as Mountain View here in town, but it has quickly expanded to Albertsons, the 99 Cent Store, the Homestead, the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Home and other locations. Mind you – these are done on an organized basis and there is no cost for the masks. Those who are interested in 10 or more masks need to fill out this Google Form, first. Then they will get back to your organization with questions regarding the need. These masks are not for sale to individuals.
Fact: not all masks are created equal. I’ve washed out a trusty bandanna and since I’m literally only venturing out for walks right now, I’m good. But these workers need these specially constructed masks to help them be protected.
How Can You Help?
The ladies tell me they have a pretty good assembly line system in place with about 30 total people right now. Some people are cutters, others are sewers and of course they need supplies. Their greatest challenge has been the supply part of things. Craft stores are ‘non-essential’ businesses, so online is the only way to order. And demand is spiking everywhere, so they tell me that many suppliers are quoting May delivery(!) at the soonest.
Here is what they need:
- Sewers with solid skills to help make the masks
- Fabric: any woven fabric over 400 thread count, such as bed sheets, or old dress shirts
- Monetary donations are welcome to help them buy supplies
- Tools, such as sharp sheers, rulers and elastic are also helpful
Even if you’re not super ‘crafty’ you can help. Most anyone can help cut fabric and gather supplies.
Let’s hope a few more folks in Boulder City can give them a hand – from a distance of course – and in support of this group, we can help meet the need ahead for all of our essential workers who need protection out there!