Use your sewing skills to help Driscoll Children's Hospital

Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:02:57-04

If you’ve got a knack for sewing, and you’ve got some free time on your hands, Driscoll Children’s Hospital could use your help.

As each day goes by, you might see more and more people out and about wearing face masks.

The newest recommendation by the Center for Disease Control asks that if you can, you should try to wear one while you’re out in public.

The same goes for visiting Driscoll Children’s Hospital; where Roxana Reyna says they want people to cover their mouth and nose as soon as they enter the building.

But there’s a shortage in masks available to the public, a shortage Reyna is hoping the sewing community can help fulfill.

“For patients and families also for staff,” said Reyna.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is looking for people who can sew masks that are made of 100% cotton so they can provide them to anyone who doesn’t have on the hospital premises.

“Those masks are then issued out in the emergency department or the welcome center,” said Reyna.

The masks are meant to help protect against contamination in the case that a visitor, patient, or staff member has the Coronavirus but perhaps doesn’t know it.

“Those patients that are able to have that cloth mask are then able to go out in to the community and wear that, so it protects other people that are around them as well,” said Reyna.

All the donated masks are laundered and sanitized by the hospital staff.

Reyna says there is no limit or deadline for when Driscoll will stop accepting masks.

If anyone would like to donate cloth masks they can be dropped off by appointment only by calling 361 694-5012 or can be mailed to:

Driscoll Children's Hospital

c/o Volunteer Services Department
3533 South Alameda Street
c/o Volunteer Services Department