CHARLTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A sewing group in Worcester County is lending a helping hand to area hospitals and nursing homes.
Members of the Charlton Sewing Center are using their talents to make protective masks that are in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It all began when Cathy Racine received a call from a nurse at Harrington Hospital, who explained to Racine that she and the other nurses had run out of masks and were using bandanas and ripped up gowns as substitutes.
"I said, if I can get the local sewers to make masks, would you like that? And she started to cry and obviously said yes," Racine recalled.
Racine put out the call on Facebook and got a major response from hundreds in her sewing network. Sewers began picking up kits of elastic and fabric that can make five masks per person.
"On Saturday morning, we had at least 60 cars come and picking up kits," said Racine. "They've been dropping off finished masks every 45 minutes."
So far at least 400 masks have been made.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.