Volunteers still needed to sew masks, save lives
We appreciated the April 8 article in this newspaper, "Former RN leads 'army of seamstresses' to protect N95s."
Since then, we delivered 95 fabric mask covers to Gregg Ramirez, emergency manager for Clackamas Fire District #1.
Our group has sewn and delivered 144,305 face mask covers to healthcare workers across the nation: 122,221 to our local community needs in the United States for a total of 266,526 sewn masks.
Sewingforlives.com has become a 501(3)(c) nonprofit. We still have 10,000 plus men, women and children sewing, seeking donated/discount fabric, washing, drying and ironing all that fabric. We have also had 100s of T-shirts donated from canceled venues that we cut up to make ties for the masks. I found an estate sale on Whidbey Island of a fabric designer's stash of hundreds of bolts of fabric. I made four round trips from Oregon City to Whidbey Island and stuffed my Chevy Spark with fabric as they released it. My living room has been packed with this fabric as I have sold 1,200 yards in 6-yard bundles on Etsy to our group.
Our current campaign is "Operation School Bus," sewing masks for the wee ones in Title 1 primary and secondary schools. The bulk of the fabric and sewing has been in Utah with groups that have networked all over the United States. We plan to start with 10,000 children's masks and sew until the need is filled or no longer needed.
We are looking for more people to sew, donate, and find more fabric, thread and T-shirts.
Susan Woodworth, a retired registered nurse living in Oregon City, is Oregon's coordinator for Sewingforlives.com, which matches healthcare providers and facilities with volunteers sewing washable fabric masks. Volunteers willing to sew masks are needed across the nation and are coordinating their efforts at Sewingforlives.com.
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