Lexington paraeducator making masks to make a difference

Posted at 1:12 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 22:26:42-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington educator who’s out of work is now making masks to make a difference.

On Monday Samara Webb should have been in the classroom. Instead, she’s taking each day one stitch at a time.

Webb lost her job when Fayette County schools closed because she was a substitute paraeducator on a long term assignment, meaning she was a contracted worker.

So she decided to teach herself something new.

“They got on the news saying there’s a demand for masks. That just struck something in my head. I’m gonna learn how to make these masks to help me out and other people,” Webb said.

Since buying a sewing machine a little over two weeks ago, Webb has been spending as many as 14 hours a day sewing masks, and scouring stores for materials.

“You know in the beginning they were kind of rough," Webb said. I’ve gotten better and better as time goes, and then like thinking of ways to go faster. I was really surprised because I didn’t think that a lot of people would buy masks from me,and it’s just been overwhelming.”

Webb tells LEX 18 when she posted her finished masks for sale for $5 on Facebook, she was flooded with hundreds of requests.

“I had to take a break over the weekend because my shoulders were hurting and you know it’s a whole lot," Webb said. "But there’s a big need for them so I will be doing them from here on out until we don’t need any more."

Webb is a crucial part of the fabric that makes up team Kentucky during this crisis.

If you’d like to see more of her masks or learn how to buy one click here.