Making masks for our community
Posted Apr 1, 2020 by Jacquie Robison
In the midst of this global health crisis, the constant news cycle of 'unprecedented' and 'unknown' language can be very overwhelming for kids -- and for adults.
This is a serious situation with serious consequences, but there is still space for positivity and connectedness. There have been such amazing stories of neighborhoods rallying to create safe distance sing-a-longs, and of communities arranging meal delivery and writing cards to the elderly. In our family, we've made sure to talk about the good things going on and have been celebrating with family and friends through 'distant socializing' as we stay in touch via phone and video calls.
At WAWOS, we've hit pause on mailing walker capes out in to the world, and instead, I've joined a few of our volunteers who have applied their sewing talents to making masks.
I'm using the pattern from Joann Fabrics -- their easy to follow YouTube video is posted at the bottom.
An important note: I've heard of some hospitals that aren't accepting homemade masks, so I recommend calling before you make a trip to drop your masks off. If healthcare workers in your area aren't able to use them, consider donating them to a grocery store, gas station, bank or warehouse facility whose workers are keeping things moving as much as possible during this incredibly difficult time.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and unless it's absolutely necessary, please stay home. We can do this.