Teen Scouts help the Mill Valley Masketeers by cutting hundreds of t-shirts to make ear ties. Led by local Mill Valley citizen Lee Budish, people from around the community came together like the Scouts, to donate fabric, cut, sew and deliver over 14,000 masks to those in need.
In Jan. 2020, I decided it was time to learn my new (!) sewing machine. I hadn’t opened it’s box in 15 years. I took a lesson. March 14th, we entered the pandemic and shelter in place. A friend suggested I might consider making masks to donate with a volunteer group called #millvalleymasketeers. After all, I could now thread my machine and sew a straight line. Why not? It’s a such a small thing to make a mask.
Sewing masks during our now second SIP, or anytime, occupies my nights while watching way too much Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. For me, sewing is actually like running (something I love) – repetitive motion with goals to achieve. The #millvalleymasketeers have been sewing for almost 10 months and made nearly 12,000 masks. I’ve made over 1,500, so far.
Making masks has made a difference in my life. I’ve met kind, generous people during this difficult, stressful time, with the common goal of helping others in any small way they can.