We are neighbors and friends banding together, staying in our homes as we must during this pandemic, but working together to try to prevent a critical shortage of masks in the Piedmont Hospital system.
We have seen what has happened in other places—Italy, New York, Seattle—when mask shortages in hospitals caring for Covid-19 patients increase the danger of illness and even death in exposed medical personnel. We know that the next few weeks are critical in Atlanta, as the illness surges into our community as it has already in others.
We started this project on March 21, 2020, and as of this writing, already have over 300 volunteers and over 125 “sewists” who are making masks for us. Some donated commercial masks have already been delivered, and Walter took our first batch of 475 to the hospital on March 30, 2020. We need many more!
Also, we love some of the emails you’ve sent us. Here are some of our favorite quotes:
“Listen – Can you hear the hum of sewing machines all over Atlanta? Yes, thanks to your amazing skills and generosity there are face masks being produced in all corners of the area…. Thank you again for allowing us to help with this urgently needed item. Everyone wants to feel useful in these strange times and you have made it possible for a small army of stitches to have a purpose.”
“I can’t tell you how much making these masks has meant to me. I was having terrible anxiety, but being able to contribute in this small way has eased my fears. So, thank you for all of the hard work you are doing. You aren’t just helping those that will wear the masks, but those of us who are making them as well.”
Thanks to all of you….
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