Sewing Masks: A Movement

How Falls County residents are contributing too

Falls County residents have joined the movement in sewing masks for health workers and the elderly. 

During these uncertain times, there is a large shortage of disposable surgical masks for healthcare workers because individuals are buying them too. 

“I have family in the medical field and am highly concerned for their safety with the PPE shortage,” said Ashley Pavelka, a Falls County resident who has already crafted more than 90 masks.

Somewhat similarly, Chilton resident Samantha Hernandez saw a Facebook post from a close friend who turned her business model to making masks and set out to do the same for Falls County residents.

“It really hasn't hit us here in Falls County yet and although many people still have to go out in public, whether it’s for work or to get things for their homes we need to protect ourselves as much as possible,” Hernandez said. 

Pavelka has already donated some to nurses at Ascension Providence, but has decided to extend her services to the community as well.

“I have family members who are high risk and realized that while yes, healthcare facilities are in need, there are many many people answering that need,” she said. “I do feel our vulnerable members of society may be a little overlooked.”

The concerned seamstress is hopeful that by providing masks to individuals, the spread will be minimized and therefore medical facilities will be burdened less.

“Not everyone can make these,” Pavelka explained. “But it is something I can and will do to give someone's parent, grandparent, even child, just a little extra protection should they need to venture out.”

Both women plan to continue making masks as long as necessary, as long as materials are available.

“If I am unable to get donations I will buy enough for 100 masks,” Hernandez said. “The more donations that are given the more masks I will be able to make.”

For individuals who want to contribute to the movement, Pavelka recommends joining the Waco Masks Seamstress for COVID Facebook Group in order to get the pattern. Individuals who need masks can contact either of the above named women on Facebook as well, along with those who would like to donate materials. Main material needed is pre-washed, tightly-woven cotton of any color. Additionally sturdy cotton strings or similar material for ties will be accepted. 

These masks are not 100 percent protection, but with proper use and handling, along with the hygiene guidelines set by the CDC, they may lower your risk. 

“Using reusable masks leaves the disposable versions for our healthcare workers who are indeed on the frontlines,” Pavelka said. “That's just one small thing we can do to help them during this surreal moment in history.”

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