Local group sews face masks for those in need

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As a way to support people during the pandemic, a group in Henderson fired up their sewing machines to make reusable face masks for anyone who might need one.

Shop is open as volunteers cut– iron– and sew hundreds of homemade face masks.

“It really started with a goal to get 10–20 masks. I mean that was our initial goal,” Karrie Cleavenger says.

Karrie Cleavenger and Tiffany Willett started sewing when they heard there was a need for reusable face masks.

” I’m not gonna say that you know we wouldn’t necessarily have taken the initiative but I don’t think we would’ve known how dire it was,” Tiffany Willet says.

This two woman team isn’t working alone. They’ve recruited a group of teenagers to help them put kits like this one together for people who want to make their own masks at home.

Cleavenger says when the coronavirus outbreak first started she found herself feeling anxious and overwhelmed. When she started sewing that changed.

“But knowing I was making a difference and could help. And I had a process I had a task, I had something to do it’s therapeutic. It just makes me feel so much better,” Cleavenger says.

The moms say they’re getting more help from outside the craft space. Local businesses and individuals have donated supplies to keep the team working.

“It couldn’t be done otherwise. There’s no way that we could’ve done any of it without the donations the elastic,” Willett explains.

Even though school is out– these women say they know the kids are learning something.

“That we’re all the community and even though we’re 6 feet apart we are able to come together and really support one another,” Cleavenger explains.

Cleavenger says this pandemic has taught us all something.

“I feel like it’s a reset. It’s a chance that we’ve all had to set back. Stop take a deep breath in and be like, and realize what’s important. “

And as long as they have thread, material, and good company they’ll keep doing kind things.

“Henderson Moms Making Masks would like to thank Frank Knight, Budge Industries. Ty Rideout, Abba promotions. Angie Goodwin, LandyLane Boutique. Each and every person who has donated elastic, fabric, food, Ziploc bags for the masks, those who have donated money to feed us and supply us with gas for deliveries, extra things such as rotary blades and bleach spray to disinfect our surfaces as we work. We could not have done ANY of this without their help.”

Tiffany Willett and Karrie Cleavenger

Anyone who wants to pick up a kit to make their own can find information here.

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(This story was originally published on March 22, 2020)

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