Since 2005, House of Mercy has been servicing the NoVA community through their food pantry and thrift store, but recently, their efforts have shifted to something new: making masks for local healthcare workers.

The idea came in part from executive director Jessica Root’s mother, who is a nurse in New York. She suggested Root do something to prepare Virginia healthcare professionals for COVID-19.

To do so, House of Mercy has created a ‘virtual assembly line’ to mobilize their volunteer’s mask production; it works in two parts. First, fabrics are being dropped off at the homes of volunteers who are skilled in sewing or cutting fabric. Then, the finished masks are picked up and donated to local hospitals and firehouses. Their goal is to make and donate 5,000 masks.

“We are excited to lead this effort of keeping our volunteers engaged and bringing the community together in this time of need,” said Root.

Initially, House of Mercy was utilizing materials from their currently closed thrift store to make the masks, but have since run out. They are seeking both monetary and fabric donations, as well as partnerships with businesses like Joann Fabrics. However, if you have nothing to donate and are skilled in sewing or cutting fabric, you can become involved in the mask-making process.

“Anyone can get involved,” said Root.

To become involved in the process, or to learn about how to make a donation, email masks@houseofmercyva.org.

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