If you click on the news at all these days, of course all eyes and ears are on the COVID-19 pandemic. And rightfully so. Granted, you've heard it a million times, but it never stops being true.... the modern world has never experienced anything like this. At least not in 100 years. So the game changes every single day.

Originally, the Federal CDC had no specific guidelines about wearing masks. But now, as the Federal CDC is advising that they may not be such a bad idea, folks are wearing them a lot more. At the same time, supplies of many types of different personal protective equipment (PPE's) have become quite scarce.

To help supplement the gap, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is now happy to accept your donation of hand-sewn face masks. According to a post on their Facebook page, they'll offer these masks to visitors, vendors, and and patients. Much like the toilet paper shortage, disposable masks are a hot commodity.

If you'd like to reach out to them and donate masks you've been working on at home, reach out to Kelly Pearson at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation at kpearson@northernlight.org.

Also, if you're the crafty type, and are interested in making masks at home, here is a pattern you can use directly from the CDC website. It spells out pretty simply, and I've been watching my wife make a ton of them. And for real.... thanks in advance to absolutely anyone who does this for the good of others. You rock!

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