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MCH is welcoming fabric mask covers from our community as they prepare for COVID-19

  • State Rep. Ivy Vann of Peterborough, on the right, drops off a donation of handmade fabric face masks she made for Roy's Market employees Sunday afternoon. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • State Rep. Ivy Vann of Peterborough, on the right, drops off a donation of handmade fabric face masks she made for Roy's Market employees Sunday afternoon. Staff Photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • Sarah Jackson, 10, of Sharon sews a fabric mask for Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. courtesy photo

  • Abby Rodenhiser, 12, and Emma Rodenhiser, 13, both of Peterborough sew fabric masks at home for Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. courtesy photo

  • Sarah Jackson, 10, of Sharon holds up a fabric mask she made for for Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/23/2020 6:06:27 PM

State Rep. Ivy Vann walked into Roy’s Market in Peterborough Sunday afternoon with a bag full of homemade masks for employees of the store to wear.

“This is actually fabric which was the tablecloths for the Haiti Relief dinner 10 years ago,” Vann said. “I had four tablecloths, which were probably six yards apiece. So I have all that fabric and I am making them into masks now.”

Vann refused payment from the store but gladly accepted a small box filled with 2,000 twist ties that she says she uses so that her mask fits around the nose.

Vann is just one of many who are sewing these cloth medical masks at home for stores as well as for Monadnock Community Hospital staff.

Vanessa Amsbury-Bonilla saw a post on the Peterborough Area Cares during Covid-19 Facebook group about needing people to sew masks for hospital personnel

“I can sew, I have fabric,” she said.

And Amsbury-Bonilla saw it as a way to do her part to help out in this time of need, and keep busy.

“We’re all really learning how to lean on each other and how we can help each other,” Amsbury-Bonilla said.

According to MCH, orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns and according to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.

But before these modern disposable masks, medical professionals used washable fabric masks. These cloth masks were standard use for hospitals. The can be sterilized and used over and over again.

Those interested in sewing masks can find the pattern and instructions on the MCH website and also on this Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/212670823140282

And once made masks can be dropped off at these safe locations:

Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center (Aiken Street, Antrim)

First Service Title Company (Main Street, Jaffrey)

Peterborough Town Library (Concord Street in Peterborough)

“Each building has an overhang and there will be a container in which to leave the masks. The masks will be collected daily and delivered to the hospital. When you leave masks, could you please leave your name, address and phone number so that we may acknowledge your generous contribution. Do not bring the masks directly to the hospital; we are trying to limit traffic as much as possible,” MCH said in a press release.

MCH is also asking the community to donate expendable personal protective equipment (PPE) to address the nationwide shortages healthcare providers are facing.

“Monadnock Community Hospital echoes the urgent local need and requests donations of unused masks, face shields, goggles, isolation gowns, gloves and hand sanitizer,” MCH said in a press release.

“We are very grateful for the generous donations we are receiving from our community, no donation is too small. Our Hospital has made strategic decisions and adjustments to best utilize our supplies. There is a nationwide shortage of PPE supplies and we need to address our depleting stock.” Cynthia McGuire, President a nd CEO said in a statement.

Instructions for making fabric masks from MCH

If you are interested in sewing masks, the pattern and instructions can be found on the MCH website and also on this Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/212670823140282

If you have questions, please email or call Sadie Halliday at 603.660.2321 or Sadie.Halliday@beangroup.com, or Cathy Maki at Cathy.Maki@mchmail.org.

Attached are the instructions as well as the pattern for the masks.

PLEASE do not bring the masks directly to the hospital; we are trying to limit traffic as much as possible.

We are using five community drop off locations:

■Jaffrey Grade School (School Street, Jaffrey)

■First Service Title Company (Main Street, Jaffrey)

■Rindge Memorial School (School street, Rindge)

■Peterborough Town Library (Concord Street in Peterborough)

■Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center (Aiken Street, Antrim)

Each building has an overhang and there will be a container in which to leave the masks. The masks will be collected daily and delivered to the hospital. When you leave masks, could you please leave your name, address and phone number so that we may acknowledge your generous contribution.


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