Sew sweet: Making masks for the Brattleboro community

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BRATTLEBORO — Medical assistant by day, assisting in flattening the curve by night.

Christa Ashworth, who works at West Brattleboro Family Practice, has been spending her evenings sewing masks for those who need them.

"My favorite part about making masks is knowing that my time and energy is going into an item that our community needs and will be thankful for," said the 31-year-old.

She created a Facebook group called "Mask Up Movement" that has since joined forces with another Facebook group named "Sewing Masks." The two have combined to make and donate over 5,000 masks.

"I can only speak for myself and the masks that I've collected. There is no cost for the masks. People are more than welcome to donate for supplies, but it's not required. All masks are free," Ashworth explained. "We want to make sure that we supply our community with the tools we need to flatten the curve and keep everyone safe."

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The Winchester, N.H. resident has previously sewn baby blankets, curtains and quilts.

"The mask making community is primarily helping our healthcare workers at BMH, The Retreat, DHMC, First Responders, police and fire departments. Recently, there has been more of a community need as well," stated Ashworth. "We have distributed to many locations including, but not limited to, The Brattleboro Housing Authority, Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro Food Bank, HCRS, Price Chopper and more."

After working eight to 10 hours each weekday for Dr. Goldberg, she sews masks at home for a couple of hours at night.

"I knew early on in the COVID-19 crisis that the demand for fabric masks would become overwhelming," Ashworth said.

She is in the process of creating a giving tree, which will be in Brattleboro. It will be a place for sewers to hang free masks for community members who are in need.


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