Santa Barbara Sunrisers Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic by Making Masks

Members of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise are stepping in to supply personal protective equipment for those who are providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Practicing physical distancing, Rotary volunteers are sewing masks at home. The mask covers are made from cotton fabric in a variety of cheery patterns and colors with elastic that goes over the ears. The covers can be machine-washed and used repeatedly.

Judith McCaffrey, Past President and Mask Project Coordinator, purchased fabric and supplies, cut materials to specifications, provided easy sewing instructions, and safely delivered kits to each of the volunteer's mailboxes or doorsteps.

The first batch of completed masks were delivered to Peabody Elementary School and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County for their staff and volunteers for food distribution. Additional deliveries have been made to Sansum Clinic, Center for Successful Aging, and Vista Del Monte.

Volunteers will continue to sew and deliver masks as needed.

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise extends its appreciation to all of the healthcare workers, first responders, and those providing essential services during this time of crisis. 

Photo 1: Judith McCaffrey heads up the club's mask making project. 

Photo 2: Ellen Chase stitches up masks at home. 

Photo 3: Cheryl and Gary Jensen are the club’s highest producer of masks. 

Photo 4: Judith McCaffrey delivers masks to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.