Employees of Eli Lilly prepare to start drive-through testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, to Indianapolis area healthcare workers at the company headquarters in Indianapolis, Monday, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
UPDATED 7:35 AM PT — Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Thousands of people are pulling out their sewing kits and volunteering to create face masks to donate to hospital staff. The outpour of support came after the Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana posted a plea on Facebook this week asking the public for help.
According to reports, the hospital recently assessed its supplies and discovered it would have a shortage of masks if the coronavirus continued to spread. That’s when a spokesperson for Deaconess created a “how to” video advising volunteers to use “tightly woven 100 percent cotton fabric” and “elastic straps.”
So far, the video has been shared by more than 11,000 people, including 57-year-old Bill Purdue whose daughter works at the hospital.
In this Sunday, March 22, 2020 photo, Bill Purdue, left, cuts pieces of fabric while Mike Rice sews them into face masks in Rice’s autobody and upholstery shop in Washington, Ind. They will deliver the masks this week to Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, which asked community members to sew cloth masks for health care workers who may face a shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Robin Rice via AP)
Meanwhile, volunteer Briana Danyele has also turned her living room into a mini sewing factory. She has been embroidering her masks with positive bilingual slogans such as “we got this” and “I’m ready.”
Danyele said she believes “whatever your talent, whatever your gift” everyone can contribute in some way during this trying time.