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Dundalk sewers team up to make face masks for health care professionals


Candy Evans-Craven, Arin Gayhardt and Bobbi Hodson sit at the dining room table hand sewing mask for health care workers and first responders amid COVID-19 pandemic

DUNDALK – The current COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a group of Dundalk residents to come together and hand-make face masks for health care workers and first responders, who they say have been left with little to no PPE (personal protective equipment).

Lawmakers have deemed health care facilities and those who operate them as essential to the needs of citizens during this current health crisis, along with a few other lines of work.

Candy Evans-Craven, Arin Gayhardt, Nina Frey, Mackenzie Frey, Rhoda Schuman, Bobbi Hodson, Dino Locklear along with many donors have dedicated their time to do what they think is crucial to protect people against the spread of infection and other germs by making face masks.

“We have lots of people asking for these masks. We will work until we can’t work anymore on them,” Hodson said.

The sewing group has received a wide array of material and fabrics via donations to make the masks.

“We are trying to stick with a cotton blend for breathability and comfort. We have also added a pocket for any extra filters the wearers may find,” Hodson said.

Prior to committing to this project, Evans-Craven and Locklear were the only ones out of the group who had sewing experience; The rest of the group is just “winging it.”

The masks are hand washable and reusable, they offer a pocket to slide filters or other masks inside for added protection and comfort. People may request a mask using their work ID or proof of employment to our team on Facebook.

“We are also still accepting donations. Material donations may be dropped off after contacting one of our team members. Monetary donations may also be made via Venmo or PayPal,” Hodson said.

The group does not have a set end goal and will continue to make masks as long as there’s a need for them.

“Again, as long as their is a need, we will make them,” Hodson said.

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