WEST JORDAN, Utah — Volunteers are gathering at Salt Lake County's Viridian Event Center to face the lofty challenge of sewing 250,000 masks to protect their community against COVID-19.
“Nobody’s done this before! This pandemic has thrown a lot of us into new waters that nobody has tread before and, as we are creative, we think outside the box, some amazing things happen, some great friendships are being made and it’s just an amazing thing to be a part of," said Krysti Wright, a volunteer seamstress with Stitching Hearts Worldwide.
So far, Salt Lake County has produced about 6,000 masks for people in need. But the "Salt Lake County Sewing Project" aims to keep making masks "to meet the growing need from our community, which includes front-line public servants, non-profits, public safety and businesses."
The library's events center has been outfitted with stations for eight sewers, two sergers and stations for cutting, ironing, folding, and assembling.
Anyone interested in volunteering their sewing skills can sign up at https://www.slcolibrary.org/events/featured/stitching-hearts-worldwide