Currituck Mask Makers
One day we will look back and remember the 2020 pandemic that shut down the world. Things changed for everyone. Those who have a heart for helping others wanted to assist in some way. Amongst many things, this pandemic caused a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment for our frontline workers. The community saw the need and decided that is how they could help. Extension and Community Association members have been called to action many times over the years when our country was in need. So some local members jumped to action by using social media to get the word out inviting home sewers to construct reusable fabric masks for our essential workers. Lots of ladies got their sewing machines out of storage, dusted them off, searched the internet for mask patterns, and began sewing. A variety of mask patterns were used, but the most requested pattern was a double layer cotton mask that included a filter pocket for added protection. There were many who wanted to help with no sewing skills so some of the jobs they filled included managing the Facebook group page; picking up supplies and completed masks; delivered masks to agencies; donated materials; and spread the word to those in need. A total of over 1600 masks were made and delivered to nursing homes, hospitals, doctor offices, county agencies, NCDOT staff, grocery store workers, family, and friends.
It takes a community to get the job done and everyone can help in some small way. We do feel that we have made a difference in our small community by making it safer for our essential workers.
If you want to learn how you can become part of the Extension and Community Association or find out about other volunteer opportunities offered by N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County contact Olivia Patchel via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone 252-232-2261.