Requirements and template for handmade masks
LEWES, Del. – Beebe Healthcare is accepting donations of homemade masks but has some specific guidelines for people to follow. The hospital has created an online template for a 3-ply surgical pleated mask.
Officials say you probably have most of the materials at home already because you can use clothes you no longer wear to make them. They’re sewn from two pieces of woven cotton and the third layer is a knit jersey t-shirt cotton that serves as a pocket closest to your face where a HEPA filter can be inserted.
The Beebe nurse who started this initiative says it’s an easy way to help fill a need. “It’s a way to turn a horrendous situation and shed some light and some love in some dark corners,” says Pam Smith, a registered nurse at Beebe.
Smith says sewing machines do speed up the process but these masks can be hand sewn if you don’t have a machine. One plus to these masks is that they can be washed and reused.
Instructions with photos can be found on Beebe’s website on the COVID-19 Relief Fund donation page: https://www.beebehealthcare.org/donation-items-covid-19-relief
Masks can be dropped off to Beebe’s Population Health Department at 1307 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Bins are located on the covered front porch from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Donations will be collected frequently throughout the day and stored properly by Population Health team members working in the office. You can call 302-645-3337 for more information. Donations left overnight will not be accepted.