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Plainfield South High School Spanish teacher Mary Jones is making fabric masks for area health care facilities during the mandated school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jones, who has worked in District 202 since 2001, made 20 fabric face masks with a free kit from Joann Fabrics.
Health care facilities across the country need these fabric masks because of a shortage fueled by the virus outbreak.
Jones, whose mom taught her to sew at when she was a child, returned the first 20 masks to Joann to be donated to local health care facilities.
The craft and fabric store wants to donate 100 million homemade masks across the country.
Jones is now working on masks for the Edward-Elmhurst Health, she said.
“I’m just going to work on masks until I run out of supplies,” Jones said in a news release from District 202.
She is working on the masks inbetween working on remote learning plans, she said.
Sewing also is therapy for her, she said, and gives her something productive to do while cooped up at home.
Jones also has family members who are first responders or are in the medical field around the country, so she feels like she is helping them by making masks, she said.
“It’s nice that I can do something that helps me pass the time and if it can help somebody else, even better,” Jones said in the release.
In the news release, Principal Bob Yanello said, “At a time like this it is so nice to see so many people who are pitching in to do their small part to help during the pandemic. Thanks to people like Mary, going above and beyond, it makes an incredible difference.”
The CDC website said homemade masks should be considered a last resort because it’s not known if they are able to protect health care providers.
They should be used “in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face,” according to the CDC website.
For more information on CDC guidelines regarding masks, visit bit.ly/2R4T5a7.