Thanks to our members who sewed masks for Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Marion County! We turned in more than 260 at last count. MOW is serving over 1,000 people in this area who are homebound, not only the elderly but also many who are very critically ill. MOW continues to work with all 10 hospitals in Indy to provide medically tailored and physician-directed meals. All hospitals require their MOW drivers to wear face masks to enter pick up areas. Our quick response has allowed them to continue this vital work.
Our members also provided masks to Kindred Hospice and to St. Vincent’s, Riverview, and Community Hospitals.
The need at Community Hospital is ongoing. If you would like to assist in this effort, please go to https://www.ecommunity.com/giveppe. Scroll down to “Homemade Goods,” select “Homemade Masks,” and enter the number of masks you think you will be able to make. You will be contacted with more information about how drop-off will work, where to go, etc. Please read all of the instructions carefully.
The pattern that we have been sewing is referred to on the internet as the Deaconess Hospital pattern. It’s very easy to make. If you need elastic, email me, April Sterling, at email@example.com, and I will put a plastic bag of elastic on my front porch for you to pick up. Each bag contains enough elastic to make 20 masks. At this time, COVID-19 cases in Indiana are projected to peak in mid- to late April, so time is of the essence.
We have also been contacted by Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. They are a very large acute care inpatient rehabilitation facility located at I-465 and Michigan Road in Indianapolis. Their patients have various diagnoses including all types of brain and spinal cord Injuries, medically complex diagnoses, and much more. Their staff are in need of PPE. They are willing to pick up the masks so we would have only a central drop off at my house, 7835 Tufton St, Fishers.
As we are contacted by other institutions needing masks, we will post that information on our Facebook page.
Special thanks are due to Linda Gillespie for donating a spool of elastic, to Alice Whitaker for donating the elastic set aside for Little Dresses for Africa, and to Heather Givans at Crimson Tate for donating enough elastic for 370 masks. Additional elastic is on order so we should be able to continue to sew as many masks as you can produce. Glo Stalhut was able to acquire new, free bolts of fabric from one of her fabric distributors. She will provide the guild with three bolts of fabric that we can use for masks. This will be cut into two-yard sections that will be available for pick up at my house.
Any questions – please call or text me at 317-452-3400.