May 9, 2021

Ways to Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Updated 5/7/2020

(Updated 5/7/2020)

We are posting the below request for help making protective masks as a public service –


I’m working with a  900 person  (and growing) (now 1,300) group of volunteers making masks for health care providers in Hampton Roads — using hospital approved fabric and patterns — and hope your civic league can help us get the wire out. 

I know people are looking for ways to pitch in and make a difference.  We are providing protective masks for the vulnerable and talented health care workers in our community: 11 local hospitals, Eastern Virginia Medical School, senior living communities, physician offices, and home health.  

We have had requests for more than 50,000 masks and need people to sew. We’ll provide the pattern and materials (and the inspiration)!  (We’ve produced 19,000 for healthcare workers and now need to produce 20,000 more for Food Bank, emergency shelters, cancer centers, hospice programs, residents of public housing, case workers for Child/Adult Protective Services, and homeless populations (just a partial list)). 

We have distribution sites in Norfolk, Va Beach, Chesapeake, Yorktown, and Carrolton, and we’re adding other cities.

While our greatest need is for people to sew, we have additional volunteer needs (cut materials, sort, drive, etc). And we’re collecting donations of acrylic yarn, 100% cotton fabric, elastic hair ties, 1/2” width or smaller fabric ribbon,  and 16 or 18 gauge copper/stainless steel wire. We also have a donation site on our website if you want to help but can’t sew or cut.

If you’re interested in joining us, please go to the Facebook page (COVID-19 Sewing Taskforce for Hampton Roads) and “join”. All of the details are there —  Instructions, patterns, video tutorials

If someone you know is not on Facebook, they can Check out our website.

PS. Please share with others. We must take care of our brave and talented health care workers. I hope you’ll help us. Thank you!”