Pretty pieces of fabric find new purpose

Pretty pieces of fabric find a new purpose for Contra Costa MOW workers

Pretty pieces of fabric find new purpose

Without question, seniors remain some of the most vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. For Meals on Wheels Diablo Region and their volunteers, the need to wear masks was apparent from the very onset of the health crisis. With medical grade masks in short supply and slated for health care workers a big question loomed—how would they be able to bring services to seniors without endangering them?

The answer came in short order when Jane Wallace, Theresa Burke, Julia Holland, Mary Byrne and Tanya Ahrendt took out their sewing machines and created hundreds of homemade masks that not only provide an extra barrier of support but are downright beautiful as well. Polka dots, animal prints, paisleys and classic plaid patterns abound. Some masks even include special flannel interior lining for comfort.

The mask-making heroines recognized the immediate need to keep MOW frontline workers, volunteers, and ultimately the seniors they serve healthy and safe. Their amazing efforts and talent were certainly appreciated. As an added bonus the volunteers are all looking just a little more fashionable these days thanks to these special ladies.

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is based in Walnut Creek, CA. Visit their website at

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