The Colorado Sewing Coalition came together in less than a week, under the leadership of Denver Councilwoman Debbie Ortega. Seeking an opportunity to help provide much needed PPE in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, she reached out to a number of partners (mentioned below) to obtain equipment, material, funding and sewers and volunteers to produce face masks locally, distributing them to our front-line service workers who are still required to be in the workforce everyday.
The pattern being utilized to create the masks was designed by a nurse, and includes three layers of fabric – two layers of cotton and one layer of filter material. While the masks cannot be certified as N95 masks, they are believed to be extremely helpful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 droplets that can be present in the air should you be near an infected individual.
The Coalition is now seeking orders for masks at $3/mask. Additional donations are welcomed (and are tax deductible). All funding raised goes to help pay sewers who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and need work. Volunteers to sew and cut are also welcomed. Kits are available to sew at home if you are unable to come into our socially-distanced sewing center at Highlands United Methodist Church (3131 Osceola).
For more information, you can contact us through this page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, here are some other useful links:
Councilwoman Debbie Ortega
Highlands United Methodist Church and Pastor Brad Laurvick
ARC Thrift Stores
Denver Public Library
Mile High Behavioral Health