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10 minutes sewing a face mask can save a life

Mending Souls Co-founder Rose Skelly

The Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life is encouraging community sewing groups and individual sewers to participate in the Mending Souls Project. All you need is a sewing machine and basic skills to prepare antibacterial face masks for local healthcare providers.

By reviewing the website and calling Mending Souls, you can arrange to pick up specialized autoclavable medical grade two-ply polypropylene fabric that is inventory controlled by bar codes or numbered stickers. This material is only for medical staff fighting the pandemic, directly in contact with the virus. It cannot be used for personal purposes. It can be steamed and is reusable and will be sanitized before use by medical professionals.

Anyone can make the lifesaving masks by cutting and stitching three lines to make the mask. Sewing can be done at home or at any Cathey’s Sew & Vac location during regular hours. One mask can be completed in about 10 minutes. Completed masks must be returned in 72 hours before requesting another batch of fabric.

The mask pattern and information can be found at www.bit.ly/mendingsouls. Call 437-6007 to schedule curbside/parking lot pick up and drop off. Cathey’s three Tucson locations can be found at www.catheys.com/contact-us.