There's a Mask Task Force in DeWitt, and it's gaining helpers by the day. The group's goal is to make masks for area health care workers.
Anyone who would like to make masks should verify the pattern they are using is correct by utilizing plans online.
Group organizer Dianne Prichard urges volunteers to use patterns chosen by the institution for which they are sewing by following instructions carefully.
The masks will be used hard and frequently washed. Also, when a nurse grabs a mask, it should fit the same as the previous masks used.
Fabrics with sports logos such as Hawkeyes, Cubs, Bears, and others are especially popular. Nurses use these masks as conversation starters with their patients. If making a mask, consider other fun fabrics, if you have access. Flannel, fleece, and synthetics are too warm; mask makers should use only 100 percent cotton. Wash fabric before using.
Masks will be accepted at specific times and specific places: Mondays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and Fridays at 9 a.m. Current drop-off sites are the parking lots of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Wheatland and DeWitt's United Church of Christ across from the high school.
Do not take the masks into the church buildings. Once left at the drop-off sites, the masks will be delivered to places designated by the health systems.
Do not deliver masks to the hospitals or nursing homes yourself. The purpose is to cut down on contacts and contamination.
Sew-sisters who make masks are asked to keep track of their hours and turn them in to Prichard. FEMA will reimburse the county for hours spent making masks.
To contact Prichard or for more information, go to the Facebook site “Mask Taskforce Clinton County Iowa.”