During these challenging times, it will take all of us together to do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19. Making face masks was one way for us to contribute while staying safe in our homes. Helping Others Together (HOT) Community Foundation joined the national effort to provide non-surgical masks to protect our health care workers and our community. Our initial goal was to make 500 masks and we far exceeded that by creating over 11,000 masks in our initial run and almost 14,000 total.
Our sewing machines were silent for short time, however the HOT Board met in July and decided to resume production of masks. “Due to the generous donations from the community, as well a commitment from the dedicated seamstresses and other production workers, we approved the making of another 2,900 masks,” says Nancy Prentiss, HOT Board Member. “We all agreed that making masks would ease the financial burden on healthcare facilities and school districts in the area.”
Materials were prepped by our Production team and then assembled in to kits to distribute to our Sewing team. Each kit included the materials for 10 masks, with pre-cut fabric and elastic. Over 80 people volunteered to sew masks – it was through their effort, and the help of our amazing Production team that we were able to finish this project strong. Check out the list of volunteers below!
We appreciate your support. Working together we can make a difference!