Urgent need for hospital masks – do you sew?

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

I have received and read communications from several different
individuals/groups who are trying to support our local health care workers
by sewing hospital masks at home. As you have probably heard, there is a
nationwide shortage…or will be shortly…of hospital masks. I’ve asked a
few questions, and have the following information to share.

Long-time Hanover resident and seamstress Valerie Romano-Osborne is making
and collecting masks as fast as she can. She’s a full-time essential
worker, though, so her time is limited, too. She would love some
assistance from anyone with a sewing machine and a few minutes. Please
leave your masks in the bin on her front porch at 1558 Broadway. She’s
working with the folks at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and will get them

Mercy Sews, the Holy Mother’s Collaborative ministry, is also currently
sewing hospital masks to help in the effort to keep hospital nurses and
workers safe in this coronavirus pandemic. Patterns for sewing are
available at their website, which is found at www.MercySew.org. Those who
sew are encouraged to take reasonable health precautions while making the
masks, and the folks at the hospital will “wash and check all masks for
permeability” before they get used. They presently have arrangements at
Brigham and Women’s and Mass General to accept them and the volunteers to
get them there. You may drop off any finished masks at 308 Dillingham Way,
Hanover between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Please drive down the driveway
and place masks in available totes located in the garage, or contact Clare
Noonan at MercySews@comcast.net .

Both of these folks are coordinating their efforts, so just drop your masks
in whichever bin is closest to you – in the northeast or southwest corners
of town!

Again, for more information, contact mercysews@comcast.net .

For “Around Town on the Web”,
Cathy H-B

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