Community Interest

Emmaus, Ability and Other Organizations Seeking Donations of Home Sewn Fabric Masks

Organizations caring for people with developmental disabilities are asking for home sewn masks.  Emmaus Homes, Ability, Caring Solutions, and long-term care facilities all are in need of more masks. 

They are turning to hand made to supplement the short supply. This is an unprecendented situation, and the folks these organizations care for are the most vulnerable and dependent. Emmaus Homes has sent out a letter with the following link to instructions, including a YouTube video for making cloth face masks. As you know, there is an extreme shortage of personal protective equipment available in the market place.  This is a solution that many health care providers are turning to. If you are a seamstresses that would be willing to make masks, contact Emmaus, Ability, Caring Solutions or other organizations or long term care facilities that you might be aware of to verify the need and coordinate pick up/drop off of completed masks. If you do not have elastic available, you can attach fabric strips long enough to tie in the back.

Editor's Note: I'm wondering, "Should be making these for ourselves and our own families to wear on those necessary shopping trips, and for those who have to go to work and be around other people?" It's been published on Facebook that Joann's Fabrics and Crafts is making available precut fabric and supplies for people who want to help with this effort. Visit for more information and additional patterns and instructional videos though the one below is pretty straightforward.

Ability - DSFC, Inc.

104 S. McKinley Ave, Suite F

Union, MO 63084



Emmaus Homes

3731 Mueller Road

St. Charles, MO 63301



Caring Solutions

1852 Craig Park Court

St. Louis, MO 63146