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May 5, 2020 - Julie Donovan: The Logistics of Stitching

International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 (Online Newsletter)

Question: What’s a person who freely admits she can’t sew doing in an organization that is furiously stitching masks to send to hospitals all over Georgia?

Answer: Making a difference.”

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May 1, 2020 - Mask Sewing Group Making an Impact Amid Epidemic

Henry County Times (Newspaper)

“For Carol Conway of Locust Grove, providing masks for local healthcare professionals enables her to fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Conway runs the Henry County chapter of Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals. The nonprofit organization, launched last month in Atlanta, works to create masks and mask covers for doctors, nurses and first responders.”

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April 15, 2020 - Three Georgia Women Launch Organization to Help Make Masks for Hospitals Fighting Coronavirus

FOX 5 (TV)

“Amid the growing need for protective gear in hospitals and medical centers across the country fighting the coronavirus pandemic, three women in Georgia have joined forces to provide for essential workers in their community.

However, their organization — which started out as Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals — has expanded from their greater Atlanta community to hospitals across the southeast.”

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April 14, 2020 - Meet the Mask Makers

Social Distance Assistance / VPM / NPR (Podcast)

We speak with members of an Atlanta-based volunteer group that’s been able to deliver more than 13,000 masks to their local hospital system, hear why a long-time sewist only started making masks in the past week, and even make a couple masks ourselves.”

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April 13, 2020 - Sewing a Priority While Sheltering in Place

The Champion (DeKalb Co. newspaper)

With so much free time, some people are putting their hands to work.

For some the answer is to pitch in to help hospital caregivers and community members by creating items that are in great demand – face masks.”

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April 10, 2020 - Atlanta Sewing Groups Making Masks for Healthcare Workers

FOX 5 (TV)

“Local volunteers are going above and beyond to help those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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April 9, 2020 - Cloth Face Masks: How to Make Them, Where to Buy Them, and How to Donate Them in Atlanta

Atlanta (Magazine)

“When Kirsten Hawkins heard that hospitals were running short on personal protective equipment (PPE), the local fashion designer linked up with fellow Atlantans Kayla Hittig and Gina Livingston on Facebook and launched a sewing network of over 8,000 volunteers.

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April 4, 2020 - From Isolation to Hope: Georgia Southern Alumni Join to Sew Masks for Atlanta Hospitals

Georgia Southern Newsroom (Website)

Kirsten Hawkins is one Atlanta co-founder of a new group called Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals, which is in the process of getting more than 10,000 masks to hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.”

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April 1, 2020 - Community Mobilizes to Make Protective Masks for Healthcare Workers During Coronavirus Shortage

Atlanta InTown (Newspaper)

Atlanta, like the rest of the country, is facing a drastic shortage of masks and other personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel fighting COVID-19. Each day, these brave workers fight to save our lives, while risking their own and that of their families.”

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April 1, 2020 - Makers Are 3D Printing Ventilator Gear and Sewing Masks to Fight the Coronavirus

Time (Magazine)

The global pandemic has thrust Adam Gainer, and thousands of other engineers, designers, and self-styled “makers,” into the healthcare world, producing gear for medical workers on the front lines like modern-day Rosie the Riveters.”

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March 31, 2020 - Rapper Future Helps to Make Masks During COVID Outbreak

CBS46.com (Video)

The global pandemic has thrust Adam Gainer, and thousands of other engineers, designers, and self-styled “makers,” into the healthcare world, producing gear for medical workers on the front lines like modern-day Rosie the Riveters.”

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March 27, 2020 - With Healthcare Workers Short on Supplies, Community Members Get to Work Making More

Decaturish (Website)

“Patients swarming the hospitals are quickly depleting supplies of personal protective equipment, like facemasks. Their group has completed nearly 400 masks, with more on the way. Livingston and other group members acknowledge that the homemade masks might not be as ideal as the real thing, but at this point, they are better than the alternative.

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March 26, 2020 - Terry Grad Rallies Sewing Community to Combat COVID-19

Terry News (UGA Terry College of Business website)

“In times of crisis, inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Alum Kayla Hittig found hers in the Atlanta sewing community and a call to arms (and hands) to sew for health care workers. Kayla joined Gina Livingston and Kirsten Hawkins to co-found a group that, backed by a legion of more than 100 volunteer sewers, produced 888 masks in five days.

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March 24, 2020 - People Around the Country Are Sewing Masks. Some Hospitals, Facing Shortages, Are Welcoming Them

CNN (Website)

“Crafty people are stepping up to create homemade masks for health care workers facing shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers across the nation have formed sewing groups, where they share patterns they think can best address the needs of medical workers. Using their sewing machines and piles of fabric, they work to help hospitals in need of more supplies.

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March 23, 2020 - Volunteers Sew Masks to Aid Healthcare Workers

Fox5 Atlanta (Website & Video)

“People are really happy to chip in they want to be part of something good when everything seems so gloomy,” said Gina Livingston of Decatur. “It feels really good to be part of something that feels like we can help,” said Livingston.

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March 23, 2020 - Mask Sewing Network Built in Metro Atlanta through Social Media

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Website)

“Three Atlanta women decided to use their time in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic to help solve one of the most pressing problems for the nation’s health-care workers: a shortage of protective face masks.

They met on Facebook over the weekend, and by Monday they had assembled 150 volunteers throughout metro Atlanta and enough material to sew 60,000 masks.”

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