Community Center calls for facemask donations, sewing volunteers
In response to the current shortage of medical personal protective equipment, the Sonoma Community Center has started its own initiative of collecting facemask donations that will be regularly distributed to local hospitals and other health organizations.
All new N95 respirators and fabric facemask donations can be dropped off at the Sonoma Community Center, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mask donations should be sealed in a Ziploc bag and can be deposited in the designated window drop-off located behind the building at 276 East Napa St., Sonoma.
“Hospitals are asking for the N95 face masks so we will gladly collect donations of new and unused masks that people may have to spare,” said Creative Programs Manager, Eric Jackson. “There are also requests for the standard face masks, too, so we are providing sewing patterns on our website and materials for anyone who is willing to donate their time sewing face masks at home.”
Sewing volunteers are asked to use new fabric that is 100 percent cotton for the new masks. Cotton fabrics, elastic straps, and bias tape will be available for curbside pick-up in the Sonoma Community Center parking lot behind the building every Wednesday, from 1 to 2 p.m. until otherwise determined and while supplies last for those needing extra material. Additionally, anyone with extra elastic,100 percent cotton fabric, or thread willing to donate for others to use can also drop-off their materials at this time.
For more information including project updates, sewing patterns, and facemask effectiveness, visit www.sonomacommunitycenter.org under the Events tab, or call 938-4626, ext. 3.