A local seamstress and her sewing friends delivered 150 homemade face masks to the County Department of Family Services' Child Haven campus today, where they will be used by staff and children at the facility.
"Some people are unable to follow social distancing recommendations all the time and we want to keep them safe too," professional seamstress Roxanne Andrews said.
Andrews and sewing friends Rebecca Thompson, Madison Kirkpatrick and Amber Dagdagan have made and donated more than 1,000 masks during the past three weeks. Their face coverings have gone to local fire and emergency services dispatchers, assisted living facilities, nurses and other healthcare workers. The group will be making more masks for the staff and children at Child Haven during the coming days and weeks.
"Roxanne and her sewing group have made it possible for us to comply with the CDC recommendation that everyone wear a face covering," County Human Services Administrator Tim Burch said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people wear "non-medical cloth" face coverings when interacting with others. Instructions on how to make your own mask using a T-shirt or bandana (neither require any sewing), and other common items is available here www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf.