SCC employees making face masks for local health agencies

About a dozen members of the SCC community are participating.
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A group of volunteer seamstresses at Southeast Community College are pitching in to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by sewing cloth face masks.

About a dozen members of the SCC community are participating. The group has created more than 100 masks and hats and are continuing to work.

“My grandma, who was a beautiful seamstress, taught me to sew when I was 7,” said Vicki Coffin, nursing assistant instructor at SCC. “Being considered high risk prevents me from helping on those front lines, so sewing the masks is a way to help the cause with respect to the social distancing directives.”

The group is providing the face masks to long-term care facilities, critical access hospitals and first responders. The gear has been donated to the Lincoln Police Department and Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation.

“Materials are donated by the seamstresses,” said Jill Sand, dean of SCC’s Health Sciences Division who is helping coordinate the effort. “They have been using their fabric stashes and supplies to make the masks. Currently, elastic is difficult to find for purchase so they are getting creative and using ponytail holders and making fabric tie masks.”

This is all part of SCC’s Community Action Team, which is creating ways to help in the community during this health crisis.

“I have great appreciation and pride that our SCC family and community have come together on this and other community action projects,” Coffin added.

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