Senior Connections SeniorConnections_MayJune20

Note to our readers: May/June 2020 VOLUME 2 | NO. 3 Senior Connections HJ.COM This is a combined May/June issue. Jill Jackson of Dassel donates hundreds of masks to help fight coronavirus AMY JOHNSON Correspondent As the nation pulls together to slow the spread of COVID-19, demand for face masks to protect es- sential workers and the general public is high, but there is a nationwide shortage of masks available for those who need them. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved the use of homemade cloth coverings, recommending the use of simple cloth face cov- erings to slow the spread of the virus, preventing people who may have the virus from transmitting it to others. Jackson takes action After hearing about the critical shortage of masks, Jill Jackson of Dassel pulled her sewing machine out of the closet and got to work. With the state under a stay-at-home order, Jack- son found herself working half her normal hours. “I needed something to do besides cleaning. I de- cided to take out a sewing machine that I normally only took out once or twice per year to mend this little curtain or that jacket, and now it is sitting on my kitchen table making more masks every day.” It took Jackson over an hour to sew the first mask. She explains, “I’m not a sewer. I know the basics, but that’s about it.” After making her first 20 masks, Jackson con- nected with DeAnn’s Country Village Shop in Litchfield. The owner, DeAnn Rothstein, has coordinated a process where sewers drop completed masks off at the shop, where they are then washed and pressed before being delivered where needed. They have been dubbed the Masked Mama Angels and are currently 70-plus sewers strong. “It’s an awesome service they are doing for the community, donating masks all over Meeker Coun- ty, where the need is, including nursing homes, hospitals, and day care centers,” Jackson said. Jackson has been sewing constantly since mak- ing that first mask. “It started as just something to do and it made me feel better to help in any way possible. On the days I can’t work, it gives me joy. As I sew the masks, I say a prayer for the health and wellbeing of the people who are going to be receiving the masks.” Senior Connections is Along with the Masked Mama Angels efforts, Jackson has donated masks to people she knows who have requested them. “I have one friend who works at Ecumen in Litchfield and does some home visits with seniors. They were in need of masks, so I donated 60 there.” Before this week, Jackson had already made over 110 masks and plans to drop off an additional 100 masks at the end of this week. More MASKS on Pg 3 distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfield | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted