JHF Staff Member Makes Masks As ‘Thank You’ to Healthcare Workers

Catherine Mutunga sews masks in her home workshop.

Catherine Mutunga never imagined she'd be using her sewing skills to help healthcare workers, but these desperate times have been cause for innovative measures. Mutunga has been sewing as a hobby for the last twenty years and has never made anything closely related to health care, but when her friend called her at the beginning of March asking for her help, she quickly jumped in. After researching online to find the best instructional video, Mutunga began sewing protective masks in her home workshop.

During the past few weeks, Mutunga has been able to sew over 60 masks. The first few went to her friend who made the initial request, but since then she has begun to sew for the Jewish Association on Aging, which like many healthcare facilities, has put out a call for protective equipment. She donated 55 masks on March 28 and plans to continue sewing. Although these masks are not up to the N95 standard that is recommended for protection from COVID-19, as stockpiles of medical masks dwindle, they still provide a level of protection for workers.

"Getting to sew these face masks is an appreciation for the sacrifice our healthcare workers are making to save lives," stated Catherine Mutunga, administrative assistant at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. "My way of saying 'thank you' to them was to use the very gift I have to let them know they are not alone in this battle, and that we all care about them and their safety." 

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