County Council District 1 Office Initiative on Making and Distribution of COVID-19 Protective Masks

If you are interested in making masks or are making masks, County Councilmember Tom Dernoga is organizing the distribution of all those contributed to the District 1 Sewing Team. Please see below for the details:

What exactly are you doing?
The District One Office is organizing the production of personal protection gear, specifically hospital face masks, and the collection of other personal protective equipment, to support those on the front line at our local hospitals and other emergency care workers.

What kind materials do you, the District One Office, need – for this project?
• Clean, unused, 100 percent cotton fabric, at least 20 by 20 inches in size
• 1/4” sewing elastics that are a minimum of 7” long each (not rubber bands)

If I want to sew at home, what kind of tools and materials will I need?
• Needle and thread
• Scissors
• Pins or clips to hold fabrics in place (safety pins and paper clips will also work in a pinch)
• At least 20 by 20 inches of 100 percent cotton fabric, such as a flat tea towel
• Cotton fabric – strips 6″x9″ rectangle
• Two flat (1/4”) sewing elastics that are 7” long each

How do I get materials or items to you?
We can provide you with an address in Laurel or Beltsville where you can drop off, or we make arrangements to pick up. You let us know.

Can I help sew?
YES. The more people that sew, the more masks we can create. However, please keep in mind, it is important that you follow the instructions as outlined in this video that has been approved by a doctor assisting us at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center:

How to make a face mask

These step-by-step instructions may be helpful:
• bit.ly/How-to-Make-an-Adult-Surgical-Mask-with-Ties-
• bit.ly/How-to-make-a-face-mask

How else can I help?
• You can continue to stay home and if you must go out, refrain from closely interacting with others;
• Check on neighbors, seniors, and especially those who do not have family;
• Share this email with your friends and neighbors;
• If you can, start a sewing team;
• Look for unused personal protective gear or equipment that you can donate that may be laying around your residence;
• Support our local eateries and/or donate blood through the American Red Cross. Due to the cancellation of blood drives, the American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to maintain a sufficient supply. Make an appointment here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a local donation site; and
• Follow us on @TomDernogaD1 for the most up to date information on what we can do to support each other as we come out of this.

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