Last month, Laurie Sorensen helped organize a Facebook group, “Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors” to help organize mask sewing. Now with almost 4,000 members and using local community efforts, the group provides handmade, non-medical grade face masks for the most vulnerable and least supported essential workers to protect them and the community from the spread of COVID-19 virus.
“We have a big range of ages: young sewers helping their moms all the way to retirees,” said Lisa Kowalski, group member. “We have experienced sewers, for sure. But also beginners and non-sewers. The non-sewers help with delivery, cutting fabric, organization, etc.”
Anyone in need can request masks via an online form – available HERE.
“Priority requests are filled first,” said Kowalski. “When we started, there were nurses being asked to work without a mask. We are all volunteers within your community and are overwhelmed and heartbroken by the demand. We are working to fulfill requests and fast as we can and to every location requesting masks.”
Kowalski said sewers are currently needed in Wood County.
“We’d love the community to know are here for them but we need their help too!” said Kowalski. “There are other ways to help besides sewing: coordinate, donate supplies (like 100% cotton fabric, bias tape, elastic), pick up and drop off drivers, cut fabric.”