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Small deeds can make a BIG difference! ❤️

Hip2Save reader, Stephanie, was looking for a practical way to help out during the coronavirus pandemic that would make a difference. When her friend presented her with an opportunity to help make reusable face masks for local hospitals and healthcare workers, she said YES and got to work! Check out her story…


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“As a stay-at-home mom, it’s hard to feel like I’m making a difference during this pandemic. So when I got a text from a friend asking for those willing and able to help sew masks for local hospitals, I knew I could do this!

I have a drawer of extra fabric and supplies, so I got to work. I found a quick and easy YouTube video with instructions. I made some for local hospitals, hospice, and many friends and family members. Although I can’t produce as many as I would like (3 kiddos at home), I still feel really good knowing I am doing something to help make a difference!

If you have any sewing skills, you too can help. Even if you don’t make them for the hospitals, you can make them for your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s a small way to give back and make a difference!

Please note that I did not make all the masks in the picture with the nurse. This a collection from several local seamstresses that we all donated.”


Thank you for giving back!

There was clearly a lot of time, love, and resources involved in making all of those reusable face masks for local hospitals, friends, and family. Thank you, Stephanie, for taking the time to make a difference! ❤️

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Comments 20

  1. anika

    Awesome work
    Thank you so much for helping those in need

  2. Sham

    Love it!!! This is what it is all about, helping where needed!! This is great! We got some made for the homeless community.

  3. Maria

    Thank you for donating masks! So kind and generous! Blessings from New York!

  4. Heather

    How wonderful! Great job Stephanie!

  5. LChapman

    Love this good news! You are awesome!! 👏👏👏

  6. jill

    what an absolutely amazing thing to do. Great job!!!!!

  7. Rachel Pearson

    Many people did this and are continuing to do this as they find elastic and ribbon to use as ties. It’s also hard to find breathable material right now because so many people are making masks. I ran out of material but I personally made 115 masks and gave them all away to friends, family, our local hospice, and many other people in our community. I wish I would have done more but I felt better that I could contribute something while sitting at home.

    • TJ

      That’s awesome!! Thank you for doing that!!

  8. Lisha

    Thanks so much! It’s a win/win. You have accomplished something to aid in making a difference and the healthcare providers are able to have stylish masks to supplement the medical ones. Stay well.

  9. Suzanne H

    I have been so impressed with the amount of people that have stepped up and worked together to help in so many different ways! There are several people that sew in my neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods and they have made so many masks. Everyone has been pulling out cotton sheets to donate – washing them on the “sanitation” cycle in their washers, donating elastic (including stripping elastic out of bungee cords) and buying baggies to put them in so that they arrive clean/sanitized at the hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Also, several people have organized collecting donations to buy meals from local restaurants (that are struggling so much) and then donating the meals to folks on the front lines (fire, police, EMTs, nurses, doctors). I’m so grateful for the folks that organize these efforts allowing all of us to help in some way (even while stuck at home)!

  10. Kat

    I want to do that too.I know sewing but don’t have sewing machine. Anyone idea to buy a used/new machine in low price

    • LaNel

      Try your local Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. My local public library also loans them out for free also. (Boise Idaho)

  11. JW

    Love this ❤️ We are blessed to have so many caring for others in so many different ways! Thanks to all of you!!!

  12. SavingsMama

    Great job! It is hard to feel important while at home. I am also in the caution group for this virus and knowing what a general cold has done to my energy and lungs in the past, I took this seriously. There was a church group here in Virginia who actually mailed me out 2 masks, no questions asked so I can switch them out and wash them. It just really helped me out, and one model I can tie behind my head if needed to give my ears a break. I cannot tell you how much joy a small piece of fabric brought me and I know anyone else who receives a mask will be just as grateful to these Good Samaritans out there.

  13. Stan

    That’s is wonderful hlthat you are trying to do something helpful, however cloth masks are like using a chain length fence to keep out mosquitoes. They are not necessary, simply a false sense of security for scared individuals that only follow theaon stream media.

  14. Katie

    Awesome job. So cool to use your time and talents to help other people. This is one of the most special things you can do during quarantine. THANK YOU.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Awwww, thanks StephB! We loved sharing this!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      We sure appreciate YOU! Thanks for inspiring us all. ❤️

  15. Sara T

    I’m up to about 600 made and donated. It’s an excellent outlet for stress! I have 3 kids at home and it’s the only time I get to myself.

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