Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO creates 1,300 COVID-19 masks

May 18, 2020

Boulder’s Mountain View UMC Saturday Stitchers and friends have been riding their sewing machines to the rescue of family, neighbors, friends and folks they don’t even know.  These women have sewn more than 1,300 masks (and counting), plus scrub caps.  The fruits of their talent and creativity are spreading far and wide. Recipients include the:

  • Mary Martha United Methodist Women circle at Frasier Manor Retirement Community;
  • Navajo Indian nation;
  • Boulder; Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville and Denver area hospitals;
  • Denver firefighters;
  • Denver Head Start students;
  • A counseling facility in Oklahoma and;
  • Project Angel Heart nonprofit that assist with meal deliveries to ill folks. 

Thanks to our network of friends--from water aerobics class members to the Dress a Girl Around the World group at Foundations Church in Loveland, to Days for Girls units in Colorado--we have shared fabric, elastic, buttons, and encouragement in serving both our church family and others in need of a little old-fashioned love.   

What’s next?  In June, the Mountain View Care Team will deliver packages to our members who are shut-in at home or residing in nursing and assisted living facilities.  Along with home-baked goodies, fruit and notes of friendship, the packages will include masks that share the love.    

 COVID-19 Masks Report

  • Joyce Takamine—500+ masks to nursing homes, memory care, assisted living, Mary Martha circle members at FMRC, Mountain View Care Team care packages, and 300 masks plus other needed supplies to the Navajo Nation. 
  • Joyce is part of a Days for Girls chapter that made 4,000 masks in April. 
  • Sue McGrath—100 masks—25 to Project Angel Heart (they deliver meals to ill folks), and for Care Team packages, plus family and friends. 
  • Patricia White—425 surgical caps—her Days for Girls chapter has made a total of 975 surgical caps; they have gone to Children’s Hospital (Aurora and Broomfield), Boulder Community, Denver Health, Avista, Good Samaritan, Lutheran,  and as far as Ohio State University Hospital, Toronto and Hilo, Hawaii Hospital. 
  • Debbie Garrison—25 masks for family, friends, and Boulder Community Hospital.  Thinking about scrub caps next.
  • Elizabeth Kaufman—17 adult and 4 children’s masks in process, plus masks for family and Pua’s mother in Hawaii.
  • Martha Swanson—45 (30 went to the Academy in Boulder, rest to family, neighbors, friends and friends of friends). 
  • Linda Chambers—10 masks for JoAnn’s Fabrics for hospitals, 4 for neighbors, 8 for family. 
  • Ramona Corwin-Brown—75+ masks, 50 ‘earmarked’ for the Jetty Counseling Center in Oklahoma. 
  • Boulder First UMC—making masks for Boulder County. 
  • Vandy Vandervort—21 to Navajo Indian Nation, plus others to family and friends.  Her neighbors bought masks and the money was contributed to Community Food Share. 
  • Leann Stelzer—30-40 made for family, friends and local fire department.  An equal amount cut out and ready to sew, after my broken wrist heals.  I am donating fabric to a mother and daughter who are making 500 masks for Head Start to begin in June. 
  • Chris Hix—58 scrub caps for Lutheran Hospital, masks for family and friends. 
  • Soraya—20 for family, physical therapists, and spares for homeless. 
  • Leni and Andrea—masks for family, Boulder mah jong ladies, and children. 

Ballpark total—more than 1,300 masks and almost 60 scrub caps.  The masks have been distributed locally, throughout the state, to Hawaii, Ohio, Oklahoma, Toronto, and the Navajo Nation.  The masks will be worn by family, friends, children, firefighters, counselors, physical therapists, and folks we don’t even know.