More Than 700 Face Coverings Made by Gaston ECA

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cloth face coverings

Gaston County ECA volunteers have made over 700 face coverings since April 20, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVD-19. As part of a state-wide project, a group of dedicated volunteers from Gaston County Extension & Community Association (ECA) has been working diligently to fill the needs of Gaston County by making cloth face coverings for COVID-19. ECA volunteers are using current CDC guidelines to make cloth face coverings across the state and distribute throughout local communities.

In Gaston County, eleven ECA members immediately jumped in when local requests started arriving for the cloth face coverings. So far, Gaston County volunteers have made over 700 cloth face coverings and distributed to local hospice groups, medical offices, home help organizations, local restaurants, drug stores, as well as many friends and family members.
Patti Wells, Gaston County ECA President said, “Volunteers will continue to cut, sew and deliver the masks as long as the need is there. The social distancing factor has not hindered Gaston County ECA’s passion to help where it’s needed. Much of the fabric, thread and elastic have been freely donated by each of the volunteers. Some of the fabric was donated to the organization.”
Want to learn more about how you can get involved in Gaston County ECA’s face covering project? If so, contact Pam Bryson or call 704.865.3291. You don’t have to be an expert in sewing – volunteers are needed for cutting fabric and elastic, as well as crochet. In fact, Gaston County ECA volunteers are making crocheted headbands (to relieve pressure placed on ears by face masks) which have been specifically requested by Charlotte Regional Hospice,  that can be used with face coverings.
About ECA

Gaston County ECA is a state volunteer organization supported by N.C. Cooperative Extension. Its mission is to strengthen families through leadership development, volunteer opportunities, and education through research-based information from NC State University and North Carolina A&T State University.

ECA helps our community by supporting NC State Extension programs and community projects, providing educational scholarships, teaching craft classes (such as ceramics, crochet, knitting, paper crafting, quilting, and sewing).