ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Needles are piercing stockpiles of cotton and flannel and sewing machine motors are whirling in Elko as an all-volunteer group works to stave off the spread of coronavirus one face mask at a time. Jennifer Morreale started “Covid 19 Mask Makers” on Facebook, a small army of seamstresses that has already grown to at least 200 members. “I am more of a craft sewer,” said Morreale. “I used to sew for “Days for Girls.” Days For Girls is an international nonprofit group that distributes reusable sanitary pads and other feminine hygiene products for women and girls. “That’s where I started doing high quantity items,” Morreale said. Morreale saw that Deaconess Hospital put out an online call asking people to sew CDC-compliant face masks for their staff. “The ideal is to have disposable masks, and under normal circumstances our health care providers use a different mask for each patient and throws them away,” Morreale said. “But there are not enough masks to go around. “Then I got an email from Days for Girls and Jo-Anne Fabrics within 10 minutes of each other that calls for everybody who knows how to sew to make these.” Morreale said most… Read full this story
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