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    Michele Stastny is pictured sewing a CDC-regulated face mask; a shortage has been announced nation-wide.
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    Renee Campbell works on a face mask while following the CDC-regulated design. Photos by Allison Flores/Yorktown News-View

Providing SEW much help

Sisters work to provide face masks during shortage

By Allison Flores
Yorktown News-View

In the midst of a global pandemic, two sisters in a small sewing barn set out to help in a big way. With a shortage of face masks for doctors and patients alike, Michele Stastny and Renee Campbell took an opportunity to make a difference right here in DeWitt County.

Campbell, a resident of Michigan, is currently in Texas visiting her sister to get away from the colder temperatures, however now, after the outbreak of COVID-19, she has decided to stay a bit longer.

Stastny, an avid quilter and sewer, took designs for the surgical masks posted on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, and decided to create a few with scraps of fabric she already had.

Campbell’s daughter, a nurse working in west Michigan, reached out to her aunt and mother after seeing the designs the two made.

“She had worked the night shift and called me and said, ‘Mom, is there anyway you can help out?’, and that’s what got the ball rolling,” explained Campbell. “I [overnighted] the first 20 masks to her because they were down to two-days, three-days of masks.”

The sisters have been working constantly since Thursday, March 19, to reach their goal of making at least 100 masks that could be sent out or donated locally to those in need.

“Not only do hospitals need these,” stated Campbell, “but like cancer patients and people with autoimmune [diseases].”

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