Volunteers helping to make masks for health care workers
Volunteers are stepping up to help make masks for health care workers.
Information about the “mask ministry” was posted early this week on Rendleman Orchards’ Facebook page:
When Deaconess Hospital rolled this out, the response from the community was so overwhelming they asked them to start sending masks to other places in need (nursing homes, soup kitchens, etc).
SIH (Southern Illinois Healthcare will roll out its plan (early this week) which will include the pattern and drop off sites.
In the meantime, here’s what you can do:
1) Gather cotton/cotton poly blend material and pre-wash and press.
2) Try and locate elastic cording or braided elastic (1/4”-3/8” but we can work with what we have).
3) It is anticipated they will be rectangular in shape so if you have a rotary cutter and self-healing mat that will speed up the process.
4) If you don’t have a sewing machine but have a friend that does, maybe you could pair up and one could do the cutting and the other can sew (working in your own respective homes of course).
5) While you are waiting for the details, re-watch Gone with the Wind and channel your inner Scarlett O’Hara. Ok, maybe channel Melanie instead.
A mask drop box is available on Rendleman Orchards Farm Market’s front porch!
Please consider making our Southern Illinois healthcare workers masks! Betty is already cleaning off her cutting table and getting out her scraps and elastic! Won’t you join her??