We have been notified that UHC in Fairmont, and Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville
will accept all the face masks we can send them at this time.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SEW FABRIC FACE MASKS
Our nation is facing a shortage of medical face masks and replacements are on a severe back order. It is just a matter of time before the shortage becomes a crisis in our own our area. In fact, on March 21st, Senator Joe Manchin appealed to West Virginian's in the Charleston area to start sewing!
Hundred Public Library is helping by increasing awareness of the mask shortage and coordinating volunteer home sewists, arranging drop-off, pick-up and delivery of face masks to areas of need. We will be serving as a collection point for masks which will then be delivered to local hospitals. We are appealing to our community and the surrounding areas to help as best they can. These are not intended to protect against the Covid-19 virus but will instead be used in other areas so that the N-95 masks can be used on the "front-lines". Some healthcare providers are using these to cover their medical grade masks and thereby extend their usage life.
There has been much online debate regarding the effectiveness of fabric face masks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fabric masks are an acceptable crisis response when other supplies have been exhausted.
If you are sick, please wait until you are well to sew.
Details and Instructions
If you are able and willing to help, we thank you for sharing your time and skills and invite you to join our interactive FaceBook group by clicking the button above. Here is what you need to know before getting started:
Use 100% cotton, tightly woven fabric
Non-smoking homes only please
Please remember both men and women will be using these masks.
Please share photos of your finished masks or of you sewing so that we can share them on social media and raise awareness. Photos may be emailed to
We can print instructions for you at the library if needed, please message or call us and we will have them ready for you to pick up. At this time we do not know if local medical facilities will prefer the N-95 Mask Cover or the Standard Face Mask so we have included links to both patterns. We will update as more information becomes available.
N-95 Mask Cover
Cloth ties may be used instead of elastic.
Water repellent fabric is NOT required.
Please do not make masks if you are ill
The original instructions provided below are courtesy of a group production at Phoebe Putney Health.
Standard Face Mask
MASK COLLECTION & DROP OFF
Completed may be dropped off at Hundred Public Library in the outdoor Book Drop. Please put your mask in sa sealed gallon ziploc bag or inside plastic grocery bags that have been tied shut. You can arrange to have your masks picked up at your home by calling the library and leaving a message 304-775-5161 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. At this time all collected masks are being sent to UHC in Fairmont please let us know if there is a need at another location. Thank you so much for your generous help!