PCMC Members Make Masks for Healthcare Workers and Caregivers

By PCMC Treasurer Lori Bagley

When presented with a problem or challenge, some may run, others may ignore it, but me, I often think to myself, “How can I help?” “What can I do?”

One such situation was the lack of masks when COVID-19 hit the US in March. Everyone
was scrambling for a mask and therefore they were nowhere to be found. As an avid quilter, I thought to myself, “I can make those.”

A call to order – My sister Lisa, the Health & Wellness Director at Farrington Court Assisted Living in Kent, mentioned to me that her CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistants) and co-workers needed masks to do their job and they could not get them anywhere. Their usual mask order was already on back order and the masks they did have were depleting quickly. That’s when we looked at each other and said, “Hey, we’ve got the skills, let’s just make the masks”.

So began our journey of making a little over 100 masks to date, for Lisa’s CNA’s and co-workers, our family, and our friends. Choosing the fabric was the fun part, but wait, not only were there no masks, but there was no ¼” elastic to be found anywhere. Not even on the internet. Luckily, my neighbor next door had a spool of it. A shout out and BIG thank you to Michelle! The masks were a huge success and a relief for the guys and gals at Farrington Court and they were very thankful to have received them.

Be safe and remember, masks save lives.

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