The call went out for medical masks, and our Days for Girls NCBC sewing team answered!
While our Days for Girls team typically makes washable, reusable, menstrual care kits, the COVID-19 virus called the group to a new task.
Days for Girls Sew Mask coordinator Regina Behmlander explained, "I was praying about a way to help from my home and God has answered that prayer. We discovered that local hospitals were in need of medical masks. These cloth masks are meant to extend the life of N95 masks for Mercy Hospital, or have a filter inserted as is the case for Unity Point/St. Luke's Hospital."
It was then that Days for Girls sent out several hundred emails. Quilters and sewers in the area sprang into action. For people who needed to stay inside, the group set up a network of "runners" to deliver supplies and pick up and drop off completed masks.
Regina added, "The first couple of days were a whirlwind of calls, texts, and emails. The patterns were being modified, sometimes by the minute, it seemed. While the need is not yet met, I am celebrating what God is doing and how He is moving right here and beyond! I'm guessing we had close to 500 masks created by our group - with the number still growing. On a really amazing note, we even overnighted 100+ masks to California, 126 to New York, and 93 masks to Portland, Oregon, to help their medical teams."
Regina is quick to point out that all the glory goes to the Lord! She said, "I'm so thankful for all the prayers, sewing skills, sweatshops in your basements, cutting skills, driving, and encouragement. As I think about all the men and women who poured themselves into this, I am humbled to be a part of this amazing group of people.”
Many hospitals around the country are still requesting masks. For additional info, contact DaysforGirlsncbc@gmail.com.
Go to ncbc.church/SewMasks
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