Masks for front line health care workers needed: Call for volunteer sewers

Masks for front line health care workers needed: Call for volunteer sewers Click to Enlarge

UNDATED--Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers on the front lines fighting to stop the spread of COVID-19 say they are in dire need of personal protective equipment.

Saturday, the Minnesota National Guard was activated to facilitate the movement of equipment to where it was most needed, but health care officials say while hospitals and clinics wait for the N-95 face masks, they are putting out a call for volunteers to make masks.

They are asking those who can sew, to sew masks, and donate them to doctors, nurses, and medical staff.

Volunteer sewers must use a pattern that is compliant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and approved by the hospitals to make each mask. They say once you get the hang of it, it should only take about 15 minutes to create one.

Those who are volunteering are being asked to make them in their own homes, rather than getting a big group together to do it. But, they add, if you do sew in a group, to practice safe social distancing guidelines.

Completed masks can be dropped off at several locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 5. The closest to St. Cloud is the Buffalo Hospital. You are being asked to remain in your car, and a staff member will come to you to accept your donation.

If you are a Minnesota health care system that would like to receive handmade masks or a local fabric store that would like to supply fabric to volunteers, contact Susan Schuster at to be added to the list.

For a video on how to make the masks, click here.

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