|Face Mask Update
||15 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803
|I wanted to give you an update on the current face mask situation
now that the CDC has come out with the recommendation that
when in public, everyone should be wearing a cloth face mask.
As of today, we have distributed 1,560 face masks to
Health Care centers and personnel in our surrounding areas and beyond.
The ones I know for certain include:
Tufts Medical Center Community Care in Malden, Stoneham & Somerville
Hallmark Health VNA in Malden
AFC Urgent Care Centers
Tufts Medical Center Community Specialty in Medford, Malden & Winthrop.
Sloan Kettering in New York City
All Care Hospice & VNA in Lynn
VNA in Arlington
And I know there are more, including several nursing homes and hospice centers.
We encourage you to provide for those health care angels wherever you see the need.
I would ask that you let me know where you have sent them and how many
so we can see the incredible work and far reach of this incredible community.
The Need - You have been asking me if we still need more and the answer is a resounding YES!
Every day I receive requests from various health care centers and providers
asking if we have any masks to donate.
Now, if you are like me, I am also being asked by all my neighbors, friends and
relatives to give/sell them masks and this creates a challenge.
If I can suggest the following - of course you need to provide for your family and friends,
but for each one, two or three you make for them, make one to donate.
The need to help our health care providers is not going away and continues to grow.
Supplies - we still have fabric if anyone needs it and we will send or you can pick
up in our entryway anytime. And my thanks to so many
who have donated fabric, elastic, hair bands, and funds to help with this effort.
I know that many of you are finding it almost impossible to get elastic or the
potholder loom loops, or any type of tie, other than making fabric ones, but here is
an ingenious suggestion from one of the costume designers on Little Women -
TIGHTS - yup, good old-fashion opaque tights.
If you have some in your drawer, or your children/grandchildren have some
grab them and cut across the legs into 3/4" wide loops.
They work just the same as the potholder loops but are readily available
and easy to get! Genius!
Helpful Hint - Clean your machine. After every 20 or so masks you finish,
take a break and clean your machine. You are working on very linty fabric
and your machine will not be happy if you don't take a minute to brush it away.
I know I am shocked every time I stop to clean at how much there is.
Also - it gives your hands and your back a chance to relax and stretch.
And do me a favor. Take a minute to look in the mirror and say THANK YOU.
You are all doing an amazing thing in the midst of fright and anxiety -
you are focusing on someone else's needs and giving them a true sense of security.
Take care of yourselves and your families - I will need you all to get back to
knitting in the not too distant future!
My sincerest thank you. Teresa