Hundreds of masks created by volunteers provide protection amid COVID-19
At the Samaritan House homeless shelter, Claudia became known as the “sewing lady.”
More than teaching a new skill to residents, she became their companion, offering a friendly face and a chance to help them build confidence.
“That’s why I like teaching—I’m helping them to build confidence...and trust that they can do this,” said Claudia, a mom of five who has taught sewing for 13 years. “But it’s not about the sewing. It’s about all these interactions. It’s about how I can help build people up with success in making something small, even simply running the sewing machine.”
After COVID-19 hit, Claudia shared her skills again by sewing approved cloth facial coverings to help protect staff, volunteers and residents. Claudia was one of many volunteers who stepped forward to use their skills for good at a time when the purchase of face masks was impossible or on backorder.
On her website, SewYouStudio.com, Claudia posted patterns, tips and ideas for other sewers to help create masks to donate. More tips are on our website, ccdenver.org/covid19, which includes a wishlist, donation link, and details about volunteer opportunities. Hundreds of masks have since been donated and continue to help the most vulnerable served by Catholic Charities.
Interested in volunteering and offering your skills? Visit ccdenver.org/covid19 for a list of opportunities and updates.
Anna Nguyen’s business, Fabricators, makes curtains and drapes. When COVID-19 hit, she asked her parish priest at All Saints Catholic Church if they would need masks at Catholic Charities. He connected her to Mark Hahn. She has donated over 300 masks, 45 blankets and 180 pairs of socks to Catholic Charities.
Masks NOW Coalition, is part of a grassroots effort to empower all of us to take control over our health. “It is the result of groups and individuals deciding to unify. Over 11,000 volunteers internationally are coming together to sew masks and donate them to those in need. Visit our website, masksnow.org, to volunteer, donate, request masks, patterns or learn more about our cause.”
Anne Fanganello of FestaSports was listening to a Camp Experience podcast discussing masks and needs at Samaritan House in Denver. Anne reached out to Catholic Charities and offered to provide the masks for our residents, staff and volunteers! See more at annafesta.com
Claudia & Miles Miller
Dr. Chris Macri of Macri Dental
Bonnie Terry & Granddaughters
Carol B. Duncan
Monica Quinn & Students
Guardian Angels Parish
Masks Now Coalition