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Fulton County community sews thousands of masks for hospital

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 01, 2020 07:24 AM
Created: March 31, 2020 07:53 PM

A community effort in Gloversville and Johnstown is resulting in thousands of masks being sent to Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home. Several area businesses and hundreds of people are working together on this.

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At Townsend Leather, the CAD cutting machine that normally cuts leather has a new purpose. In the last two days, it's been cutting fabric squares that will be sewn into protective facemasks.

This grassroots mask-making project is the handy work of hundreds of people - all looking to help their community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gloversville Sewing Center is at the heart of it. This is where supplies get dropped off and packaged up. Owner Diana Marshall says hundreds of people are donating their time, fabric and sewing skills to pitch-in.

Hospital Foundation Director Geoffrey Peck calls the masks comfort masks. He says the idea is to pass out three masks per staff member. Once the masks are completed, they'll begin to produce hospital gowns as well.

It's mainly for non-clinical workers.

So far, more than 3,500 fabric squares have been cut.

Another local company called Taylor Made is helping with the elastic bands and hundreds of finished products have made their way back to the sewing center.

See what some of the masks will look like, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.


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