April 10, 2020 - New Jersey Buzz | Mercer Mask Project Needs Community Support
On Friday, April 3, the CDC announced a new guideline for the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19—wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask, when in public settings where social distancing is difficult. New Jersey’s stay-at-home orders are still in effect, except for when people need essential goods and services.
Weeks before this recommendation, theater wardrobe departments and community stitchers had the same idea. With sewing machines, extra material and a desire to counteract medical mask shortages, seamstresses got to work.
Cindy Rosen, a Robbinsville resident and real estate broker, is involved with the organization Project Linus, which makes blankets for children in need. In mid-March, when she saw that people were creating homemade masks, Rosen posted about her stash of material on Facebook. “I basically said, ‘Does anyone need fabric? Come get it off my porch,'” she says. Read more: