Kirsten Hawkins is one Atlanta co-founder of a new group called Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals, which is in the process of getting more than 10,000 masks to hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.
Many of these healthcare facilities are in metro Atlanta. But Hawkins said the group has expanded to a national scope since its inception in early March when a few strangers–with skills ranging from costume design to IT management–met on the Internet.
“This all started because a doctor got in touch with us, and said, ‘Hey, we need masks for my department,’” Hawkins said.
“Some of them have infectious control departments that are reaching out. Other smaller facilities in the Atlanta area, their nurses and doctors are reaching out because there’s no centralized message on how to get masks to cover this shortage.”
“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam spoke with Hawkins about what it’s like organizing a group that could potentially save someone’s life fighting the pandemic on the front lines.
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