PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB)–People across the nation are joining together as they sew masks for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. JOANN’s is also stepping up to the plate as they supply customers with free fabric and tools to make non-surgical masks and gowns.
According to their website, nationwide, JOANN’s has helped to donate more than 33 million homemade masks to those in need.
“People have been coming in and picking up the kits, making the masks themselves and then bringing them back and we’re giving them out to doctors offices, police departments, and medical personnel,” said Becca Dilley, the Assistant Manager of JOANN’s in Panama City.
Dilley says they’ve seen a spike in customers. They also say it’s been a huge community effort.
“So far we’ve probably given out at least, just the masks that come back to us, we’ve given out at least 250 masks,” Dilley said.
Shoppers can even do curbside pickup for supplies as long as they call ahead.
Customers will receive one kit with enough supplies to make 5 masks. The kits include fabric and elastics or ribbon.
“We are following the CDC guidelines, it is 100% cotton. We are following the mask patterns that they have given us,” Dilley said.
After making the masks, customers can bring them back to the store. JOANN’s employees will then donate them to local health care workers and first responders in need.
“You know, I’m not an avid sewer and I’ve made several of the masks, it is pretty simple,” Dilley said.
According to their website, JOANN’s goal is to donate 100 million masks.
To learn more, visit https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/?icn=hpz1&ici=make-to-give-response