Quilters use skills for good, sew masks to protect staff

Allentown, Pennsylvania Thursday April 9, 2020

With their club sidelined because of the physical-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of Luther Crest’s quilters club discovered they could use their skills for good.

When Michael Christian, the Continuing Care Retirement Community’s executive director, suggested they sew masks for staff to use on a daily basis, club members quickly got to work under the direction of Kathy Winsor, an independent living resident who has called Luther Crest home for the last three years.

“Seven of our members have sewing machines, but I was able to recruit four other people who I knew had them. Everyone was very happy to do anything to help,” says Winsor, adding that she also enlisted two residents to wash and iron the fabric. “We started March 23 and have made more than 1,000 masks since then, ensuring we have enough for staff and residents.”

“It is another example of how people come together when there is a need ...”

Using previous fabric donations to the quilters club, Winsor has supplied each seamstress with a “mask kit” that includes the necessary fabric and elastic to make 10 masks. Once complete, they return them to her for distribution.

“When they finish the masks, they put them in my mailbox and I record how many we have before delivering them to Michael once a day,” she explains. “It is another example of how people come together when there is a need. Our motto, ‘Many Hands, One Heart,’ works here!”

Susan Xander, director of community life, agrees that Luther Crest residents are amazingly generous all year long and focused on outreach to those in need. “That is the way the residents are,” she says. “Their hearts are big. They have incredible talent and leadership skills. They are amazing human beings.”

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