The increased need for personal protective equipment in the fight against the novel coronavirus has led to a shortage of necessary gear.
When Dida Finch of Argyle, Texas, found out her oldest daughter, who works in an operating room, needed a mask, she hopped right to it using CDC information to make sure it would be safe.
Once her daughter’s mask was complete, Dida rallied about 90 people in her community to support health care workers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The group, which became known as the Harvest Mask Makers, started sewing as quickly as they could.
They soon received about 1,000 orders from medical providers and first responders, which they quickly fulfilled. Now, they have sewn and distributed more than 2,500 masks!
Better still, the homemade masks are catching on with other Good Samaritans, so Dida created a YouTube video with step-by-step instructions.
Whether you’re an expert or a beginner when it comes to sewing, Dida said you can still make a mask of your own. This is especially important because the CDC is now recommending that everyone uses protective gear in public.
“Get an old pillowcase or a sheet out,” she told a local news station. “Double it over. Fold it long. Cut to where you’ve got two strips coming in — one that ties behind each ear. Leave a 7-by-5 inch square center. That way you’ve got it and you can tighten it.”
What an incredible way to support not only her daughter, but also her entire community! Keep up the great work, Dida and the Harvest Mask Makers.
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