When the overwhelming need for masks hit the local community, local sewers and quilters didn't disappoint in their efforts to step up and help those in need. Among them is Amy Costabile of District 12's Construction unit and her mom, Sandy. Work has been keeping Amy busy with an Emergency Slide project working full time now, but she continues to donate her time and materials as she can. Amy enjoys making quilts in her free time and had plenty of supplies to help this need.
Since the middle of March, Amy has generously donated numerous bolts of stabilizer, countless yards of high-quality cotton fabric and hundreds of yards of elastic to many local sewers to create masks. After getting the materials together, the work of sewing the masks began.
Amy and 10 of her quilting friends have been making masks and have collectively made and donated over 1,000 masks to family, friends and the community. The masks are made of various prints from simple to fun and most recently she has also personalized many as requested. Since April 5, Amy's mom has made well over 1,300 masks herself, and while she does still make them for family and friends as needed, she is now taking larger orders for companies who have requested to purchase masks for their employees.
"Our story is just one of so many who have come to together to help one another and our community," Amy said. "There have been so many sewers and quilters who have been making masks and we are happy to be even a small part of this contribution. Whether it's donating the materials, sewing the masks or helping local business by providing masks they need to protect their employees – we enjoy doing our part to help protect our community from the COVID-19 virus."