The projected need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks, for our local health care providers and those in a variety of healthcare settings is HUGE. In an effort to help the immediate need of face masks in our area, Karen Bush, 270-590-3672, e-mail email@example.com of First Christian Church (FCC) of Glasgow, is coordinating a project to disseminate home sewn masks to our local healthcare community as it awaits the arrival of manufactured medical face masks hopefully as soon as possible.
If you sew and are willing to participate in the construction of these masks, wonderful!!! You can help! Kristen Bale, who is helping to organize the creation of these masks, has gathered the following helpful information to share with any seamstress willing to help.
Patterns of masks can be found on YouTube. Please pick the mask pattern of your preference, knowing that there are some requested construction guidelines you need to follow as you create your preferred mask pattern.
1.Multiple layers of prewashed COTTON (only cotton) fabric are encouraged in construction. Some patterns call for fusible interfacing, which I am going to use.
2.Pick a pattern that has a pocket for replaceable filters. The type of filtering material to be used will be decided by the medical community using these masks.
3. Patterns requiring ¼ “elastic will most likely need to be altered, as there is an absence of ¼ “ elastic in our community. Suggested substitutions are the “old fashioned” pair of straps (or shoelaces, seam binding) long enough to reach around a variety of head shapes at the top of the mask and the bottom of the mask on each side.
4. According to an article, JoAnn Fabrics has “initiated a program offering pieces of free fabric, elastic and other necessary materials to sew together masks for healthcare workers.” I would suggest you call to inquire, because this may not include our Glasgow store.
If you are not a seamstress, but want to drop off materials for masks, please call First Christian Church (FCC) Glasgow, 270-651-6164. If you want to donate to this project, you can make an offering to First Christian Church Glasgow, please put Face Mask Ministry in your memo, 1100 N. Race Street, Glasgow, KY, 42141. If there are left-over donations after the crisis is over, they will go directly to our Fishes and Loaves food pantry to purchase food for those we serve.
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Dissemination of masks will be handled through FCC Glasgow with Karen Bush coordinating this worthwhile project. If you are a seamstress and need further guidance, please call or text me, Kristen Bale, 270-670-8777.