New Year’s Update

I am overwhelmed with the work that the Yarmouth Sewings Warriors have been able to complete. I was asked to direct the volunteer effort in March 2020. I had no idea what to expect but it didn’t seem like it would be that complicated.  My daughter and I thought it would be helpful to the volunteers if we made kits with instructions, a pattern and all of the material need to make 10 masks.  If you remember, fabric and ties were in short supply and patterns were in a state of flux. We took a big leap of faith and made 100 kits. Those kits were left in a cooler at Carla Hunt’s house for contactless pickup.

Starting in March and working through December 2020 the Sewing Warriors have delivered 8,655 masks. 6,155 were sewn by the volunteers and 2,500 were a donation from Maine Med. Writing this gives me goosebumps. We had fabric donations from Cuddledown and from so many people who had stashes of beautiful quilting cotton that they generously contributed. Hannaford’s donated the ziplock bags that we needed for the kits. We had volunteers who sewed 1 kit and volunteers who must have sewn well over 500 masks.  People who couldn’t sew helped make 100’s of kits. I had volunteers who made stretchy ties and volunteers who cut out the fabric. High school students volunteered to deliver masks and do pickups as needed. 

It is truly unbelievable when you try to grasp what has been accomplished. I would like to thank each person individually but I don’t even have everyone’s name. I estimate that we have delivered around 2,500 masks to the students and teachers of all of the Yarmouth schools. The Sewing Warriors are still sewing. I picked up 170 masks in December that are ready for distribution. I still have a list of people waiting and hoping for masks. I can’t thank everyone enough for all of their hard work.

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing.
Mary Calvin

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