It has been widely reported that medical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing a severe shortage of protective face masks and other supplies to keep them safe from germs and infection.
For Mary Herold, assistant dean at SJC Long Island, that meant putting her stitching and quilting skills to use to create reusable, washable face masks for the medical community on Long Island.
“An email went out to stitchers and quilters around the country asking those who sew to make masks for nursing homes, senior citizen centers and non-profit agencies who are begging for supplies,” Herold said.
Herold had colorful fabric on hand for a quilt she planned on making, but she instead used it to create reusable, washable masks with an opening on the bottom so coffee filters or gauze patches can be inserted and later discarded after visiting each patient.
“These masks may not be as effective as professional masks, but they will fill the void for those who have nothing to protect them,” she said. “This is very reminiscent of the Civil War and World War II when the public was asked to make bandages.”
With a goal of producing more than 100 masks by the end of April, Herold is thankful for her God-given gifts allowing her to contribute to this important cause.
“I can’t save the world, but I can do my part right where I live on Long Island. I will continue joining my fellow stitchers to make these masks for any hospital or health care facility that will accept them.”