POSITIVE NEWS: Wilmington Arts & Crafts Store Organizes Effort To Sew Masks For Local Hospitals

WILMINGTON, MA — A Wilmington arts & crafts store is stepping up to help local health care workers amid a critical storage of masks.

The Crafting Closet (1 Church Street, Unit #103) is providing community members with sewing kits and instructions for creating surgical medical masks.

“I’ve already put together about 30 kits with the help from my two kids,” said store owner Nancy Zimmer. “Each kit should yield about 18 masks.”

Zimmer posted a message on her company’s Facebook page on March 20, 2020 and has been inundated with offers to help.

“I’ve already gotten about 25 completed masks back in 72 hours,” noted Zimmer. “I’ve had a LOT of people donate fabric and elastic. It’s been almost overwhelming.”

Zimmer’s good work was pointed about several Wilmington Apple readers when it asked for acts of kindness being committed in town during these difficult times.

“Something needs to be written for The Crafting Closet and their amazing response to putting kits together so sewing can make masks to donate to hospitals,” said reader Laurel Mitton.

“When I sent Nancy a message asking her to share a post about Lahey needing masks, I didn’t realize she would be providing kits and organizing her shop as a pick-up and drop-off site. She is amazing,” added reader Missy Ryan. 

Anyone who would like to learn more about this effort, utilize their sewing skills for a good cause, or donate supplies can contact Zimmer at 978-909-3221 or nancy@craftingcloset.com.

Zimmer’s instructions can be found below:

Sewing Instructions

If you have information about an act of kindness that you feel deserves attention, please contact Robert Hayes at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com or 978-604-8933.

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