A week ago, quilters all over the world began to respond to the need for face masks in hospitals across the nation. Quilters are, as a general rule, the most generous, compassionate people on any given day, and I am proud to be counted as one of them. I knew that having a sewing machine would come in handy.
I live in Southern NH, and I reached out to Southern NH Medical Center to find out what their need was, and how quilters might be able to meet that need. This approach is driven by two core beliefs – one, that effective assistance to a crisis situation is best done locally, and two, that they are in the best position to tell us what kind of relief is needed.
As of March 2020, the hospital has provided the following page on their website:
- Information about their PREFERRED sewing masks
- Information about donating other supplies and care package items.
I fully expect that this situation will continue to evolve in the coming days, and I will periodically review and date stamp this page.
PLEASE NOTE THAT INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW TO GET YOUR MASKS TO THEM ARE INCLUDED IN THE FIRST LINK.
UPDATE: I have discovered that St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua has also opened up a call for handmade masks via their Facebook page…that’s where the link will take you. I have looked at their website, and I cannot see a link there, That post links to the PREFERRED PATTERN on the Southern NH site, but they state that they will take any masks you want to donate. Masks may be dropped off at the main entrance of the hospital between 8 AM and 7 PM.
Linda Pearl, March 2020