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Council on Aging

Posted on: March 26, 2020

Seeking Stitchers to Sew Face Masks

There currently exists a severe shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), especially N95 and surgical masks. Many of you might have seen the story about volunteers who recently made over 2000 cloth masks for health professionals in Georgia. Let’s do this in Westford for our medical personnel also!

There are multiple tutorial videos available; simply search “how to sew face mask” in Google or on YouTube. Please use 100% cotton because flannel is too warm.  Once masks are made, MRC volunteers will pick them up and deliver them to local facilities. There will be no physical contact in the exchange.

This message is coming to you on behalf of Sandy Collins RN, who was both Director of our Merrimack Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)unit and of the Westford Health Department for many years. She is working in collaboration with Nancy Burns, the current director of the local MRC unit.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you are interested in sewing, email Sandy at and put MASK in the SUBJECT LINE.  Thank you for your willingness to help during this pandemic.

Mask Instructions
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