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The fabric of society; Lexingtonian’s sewing hobby leads to protective masks

Posted at 2:04 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:43:36-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Sara Green dusted off an old hobby upon learning of the shortage of protective masks among healthcare workers.

“Several people mentioned making masks to help our healthcare workers out,” Green said from her kitchen table, which is now a makeshift sewing studio.

Green learned the craft as a child growing up in Scott County. Now with the help of some donated fabric, she’s stitching together cotton masks and sending them off to hospitals and health provider offices when she learns of a need. Each mask, she says, takes about 10 minutes to make, so she can sew together several in fairly short order. (Benefit of being highly-skilled.)

“I’ve enlisted the help of my 9-year-old daughter, so it’s been a good bonding experience,” she said.

Green teaches Social Studies at Crawford Middle School. She knows this time in our world’s history will be in those textbooks one day. Given her selfless nature, she’s going to end up being on the right side of that history, at least in the eyes of those who will wear these masks.

“We all have different gifts we’re blessed with,” Green said. “It’s my hope that whatever gift you’re blessed with, you share that with others,” she continued, while adding one caveat. “…from a distance, of course!”

That distance for Sara is between the stitches. A gift from her kitchen table to a sector of the population that needs it most.

“This is what coming together means,” she said.

Green is still teaching, even as school remains closed.