Triangle quilters sew homemade face masks for hospital workers amid supply shortage

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APEX, N.C. (WNCN) – Some quilters in the Triangle are stepping in to help as hospitals run low on supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, UNC Health and WakeMed sent out news releases asking the public for much-needed medical supplies. They included face masks, gloves, safety goggles, nasal swabs, hand sanitizer, and hand soap.

Duke Health is also seeking N95 masks, surgical and looped masks, sealed or unopened boxes of gloves, and eye protection such as face shields.

While officials with WakeMed and Duke Health told CBS 17 they are not accepting homemade masks at this time, officials with UNC Health confirmed they are accepting those types of masks.

A nationwide group called the “Face Mask Warriors” was recently formed online. The group includes quilters from all over the country who have started sewing homemade face masks for hospital workers as health care facilities across the country are facing a shortage of supplies.

The North Carolina “Face Mask Warriors” Facebook group has close to 1,000 members. Organizers said at least 500 of those members are sewing face masks for hospitals and health care facilities in the state that are running low in supplies.

Organizers said that health care facilities can go to the website, fill out a form, and make a request for the number of masks they need.

Jessica Jones is member of the North Carolina chapter of the group who started sewing face masks on Sunday.

“I spent last night looking through all the different patterns,” Jones said. “I’m hoping to get to the point where I’m making at least 10 to 20 a day. I’m going to be at home anyway, so might as well set a big goal and strive to get to it.”

During this time of fear and uncertainty, Jones said she felt it was time to step up and use her sewing skills to help out the community.

“It’s the American way to do it,” Jones said. “You’ve got to help people. That’s what we are raised upon. Especially here in the south, just help everybody.”

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UNC Health, Duke Health, and WakeMed all offer more information on donations that are accepted. Click here for more information on Face Mask Warriors.

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