Sunday, March 22, 2020

Masks for everyday heroes

HowToMakeMask_SydneysFashionDiary As you might already be aware, hospitals have run so low on their protective gear that they are asking staff to reuse gear that was created for one-time use. I spoke to a friend (who is a family physician) and my heart breaks for healthcare professionals. He said many of the healthcare offices are making masks from paper towels  and rubber band, using bandanas or reusing the same mask over and over again. He has been using the same N95 mask for the past week because he has only one left. They are treating infected patients without protection. Healthcare professionals have started asking community members to begin sewing masks for them. If you have a sewing machine, please consider helping out. They do not have to be perfect. I was able to make a few today. I have very little to no sewing skills but I gave it my best shot (they are far from perfect and trust me, no one needs perfect pleats). I will donate them to my friend's medical office. These masks are washable and reusable. If you are a healthcare professional in Ohio and looking for a mask, please fill out this form. Someone will get back with you.
1. Template and directions are here
2. Video tutorial is here
3. Joann's across the nation will be accepting mask starting tomorrow. This program is called "Make to Give". You can read about it here
HowToSewFaceMask_SydneysFashionDIary I am working with a few of my girlfriends to see if we can place a large order (roughly 2000 masks) from Vietnam to help medical offices in Ohio. We are still trying to figure out rules and regulations. Until that shipment comes, I am planning to spend my free time making masks. Ohio governor just announced stay at home order for Ohio until 4/6. All we can do is try our best and pray everything will work out in the end. Hang in there and take care everyone!

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