Access to PPEs (personal protection equipment) has been a hot topic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having the proper equipment to protect yourself and others is imperative when it comes to flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Bishop Gadsden worked to ensure our clinical teams, and those who directly come in contact with our residents, continually have the proper PPE. However, when the CDC adjusted their advice and asked everyone to begin wearing masks, the ability to make in-house, fabric masks became necessary for the safety of our non-clinical team members and residents of the Bishop Gadsden Community.
Enduring the pandemic has not been easy for anyone. Here at Bishop Gadsden, our goal is to embrace our sense of Community, Residents and BG Team Members continue to stay strong on that front during this challenging time, and mask making became something many could partake in from the comfort of their own homes.
Sarah Tipton, President/CEO, knew this was the perfect project for the Community to take on. Residents began volunteering left and right to lend their sewing skills to the cause. Within the first week, approximately 15 residents and some team members stepped up to take on the task. The fabric was ordered to make 200 masks, and they were on their way.
Cecilia Eaton, Executive Assistant, and Concierge Team Member, Mary Dallas Moore, worked to coordinate the residents and team members – ordering new and organizing donated fabric.
Residents and employee team members picked up their materials from the Trawick Commons concierge desk and went to work.
Many YouTube tutorials and other online resources are easily accessible and extremely helpful to those who know how to sew and to those who do not. As of April 21, more than 25 residents and another ten team members have already met the 200-mask goal, and are continuing to exceed that goal every day. We have even received donations from the greater Charleston Community.
Wondering how you can make masks too?
Check out the links below for YouTube tutorials and downloadable patterns!
Don’t have a sewing machine? No fear: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31CBnLw6wDU]
Hobby Lobby’s DIY mask: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8OyV15ua24
Prefer working from a pattern? Check out this blog post: https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/
Making masks and want to donate them? Learn how Joann’s can help: https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/
Bishop Gadsden continues to adapt and adjust to this current challenging time. However, with the dedication and flexibility that our residents, team members, and the greater community continually show, we will get through this and be stronger together!