The Sewing Labs has an immediate opportunity to help our community and we need your support in order to make this a reality.
We are about to truly ramp up by taking on a leadership role creating and managing a KC pipeline that will create and distribute PPE (personal protective equipment) for all levels of exposure (including the much needed N95 medical grade masks). We are joining with two other dynamic organizations, KC Helps and The Million Masks Challenge KC, to accept donations of supplies and financial support along with in-kind services to fuel this pipeline.
At the same time, we are preparing to move into our new facility (yes, the move is still “on”). You could say that The Sewing Labs really shortened the stitch length this past week and jumped into high gear!
Here’s what we have done this last week:
Mobilized our community of sewists to sew non-N95 masks for health care professionals (nursing homes, hospices) in greater Kansas City area.
Supplied sewists with kits that contain enough fabric, materials and a pattern with instructions to create 12 masks. These materials have been pulled from our existing fabric bank.
A total of 2, 880 masks kits were distributed on Tuesday and Friday via curbside pick-up.
Already started receiving sewn masks back to be disinfected and distributed to various health care facilities in and around Kansas City.
One woman from a local hospice was in tears over what we are doing and even wrote us a prayer of thanks for all the sewists and volunteers involved in this effort.
“We started hearing from a wide variety of front-line professionals almost immediately, once word got out what we were doing,” said Eileen Bobowski, Executive Director of The Sewing Labs. “We have heard from hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, hospices, veterinarians, even prisons who are wanting these masks our community is sewing.”
We are as always incredibly grateful for your support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please visit us on Facebook (The Sewing Labs’s Mask Project) or https://thesewinglabs.community/get-involved/donate.html to donate today.