Pandemic Mask Project

Mask Project Update

Dear Saints Of Sewing friends,

We are so grateful for the hands and hearts that have lovingly made so many masks these last few months. To date our group has contributed a total of 177 masks made by both men and women of our community. The masks from our project were distributed to the “Masks of Love of Western NC” project which gave them to medical communities. (That project is continuing but moving forward now in some different self-sustaining ways)
The simple truth is that masks and face coverings may help prevent the spread of the virus and therefore may also help save lives. As this virus continues to spread exponentially, one does not know how many lives you may have helped to save.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
At this point, this is where we are:

PART OF OUR MASK PROJECT IS DISCONTINUING  (FOR MEDICAL MASKS)

We have seen indications that the need for emergency medical masks is not needed at the current time, so this part of our project is being discontinued. Again, we are so grateful to all the many hands and hearts that lovingly sewed and contributed masks.
 
PART OF OUR MASK PROJECT MAY CONTINUE  (FOR CITIZEN MASKS)
The need for masks will not be going away soon. As more places begin to open, masks may be recommended or required to be used in certain public places. Some people may not have masks or access to buy them. So, if you would be interested in continuing to make/sew masks for others who may need them in the coming days, please let Vivian know.  We have lots of leftover fabric that can be used.
 
CLARIFYING THE NEED FOR MASKS
There is a need for citizen masks to be used. The issue of wearing masks has been somewhat confusing since, in some of the earlier days of the pandemic, information was given to U.S. citizens that there was no need for people to wear masks. But in early April the recommendation from the CDC changed to emphasize the need for masks. This change was made because so many people with COVID-19 don’t show symptoms or aren’t showing symptoms yet but can spread the disease to other people. After this report, the U.S. Surgeon General updated his information, recommending the wearing of face coverings in public settings especially where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This is from the U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, “We especially recommend this (wearing masks) in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical.”  We may be able to reduce the number of illnesses from this virus and therefore save lives, by the simple act of wearing a mask. It is the least we can do to help not only ourselves but others around us as we live through this pandemic.