We have learned from President Derek Lecakes of the Atlantic District LCMS, who spoke at the 2019 Professional Church Workers Conference, of the great need for face masks in New York (see their message below).
Do you have sewers in your congregation? Please share this message with them. Many sewers and quilters have a “stash” of fabric available and a heart to help on a project like this. Quality quilting fabric has been tested as a good alternative to the medical masks in keeping people safe during this pandemic. Elastic or ties needed for these masks are sometimes hard to find. Perhaps others can help find these materials for interested members, especially those that aren’t comfortable going to the store or shopping online. You could have willing members make porch drop offs of these supplies or make them available in a bin outside the church for people to pick up.
Also consider having a drop-off bin outside the church for sewn masks and then send them to the Atlantic District in bulk. Others who don't sew may want to help with the cost of postage.
Thank you for whatever you can do to help!
MESSAGE FROM ATLANTIC DISTRICT
Rev. Derek Lecakes has issued a plea to the Church for face masks. Pastor Lecakes is the District President of the Atlantic District, which serves the metro New York City area. There are communities of hundreds of thousands who simply are too poor to afford the material to make their own face masks. Needless to say, those communities are among the hardest hit with the Covid-19 virus. If you can help by sending homemade face masks to help the absolute hardest hit area of the Covid-19 virus in the world, please send them to:
Pastor Derek Lecakes
40-30 219th Street
Bayside, NY 11361-2352
Thank you and God bless you!