I am not the type of person who feels comfortable sitting still. Upon finding out that the rest of the semester will be moved online, I began searching for volunteer opportunities to help ease the impact of COVID-19 in my community.
Through social media, I was able to connect with other people who wanted to help fill the shortage of masks at our local EMS, medical centers, food banks, and homeless shelters.
We were able to use a sterile space at a local church where we could set up shop appropriately distanced. There were only about 4 of us and we made sure to constantly wash our hands and disinfect our areas. We also delivered materials for people who wanted to help from home. Our materials on site included polypropylene envelopes as well as 1/4 inch braided elastic bands, 3 sewing machines, and many spools of thread.
Together we cut out enough material to make 800 masks. We finished 270 working all day Saturday March 21, and we plan on continuing to make masks this upcoming week. Our goal right now is 1600, but we continue to receive more and more requests for donations.