Coronavirus Mask Project 2020 — March to May

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400 masks headed for Holy Cross Hospital

Here’s the story!  On the morning of March 19th, the 160 people signed-up on the Sligo Woods Civic Association’s listserv got an email from one resident, asking if maybe others in the Sligo Woods neighborhood could do for our local hospitals what an Indiana hospital had described online: making home-sewn cloth masks. This immediately sparked a response by Carson’s Holly Harness:  Yes! We should make a concerted effort to find the seamstresses and sewing machines in our community and gather all the necessary materials to make these.   We can donate them to Holy Cross and other local hospitals!  There followed such a flurry of questions, answers, ideas and interest that the project soon had a name and its own Facebook group:  the Neighborhood Mask Making Project.

On April 14th, Laredo’s Judy Weinberg reported to the listserv:  The Neighborhood Mask Making Project, begun here in Sligo Woods and now spanning Silver Spring and beyond, is very happy to announce today’s delivery of 400 homemade face masks to Holy Cross Hospital. This is our second delivery. We now have delivered a total of 587 masks to HCH. They are being used in the ER and other departments. Thank you to the many members of our community who are supporting and encouraging us. This Project is truly a neighborhood effort and couldn’t continue without you! We intend to continue making face masks for our local health care workers.  — Holly Harness and Judith Weinberg

May 15th Update

The Neighborhood Mask Making Project, begun right here in Sligo Woods, has donated more than 1,700 homemade two-layer fabric face masks to Holy Cross Hospital and other area organizations.  At present, we are running low on fabric.  In our healthcare workers division, we use only 100% cotton tightly woven fabric.  In our community outreach division, we can also use blends such as cotton/polyester.

Here are two ways you can help: donate materials or cover costs. Needed donations are: high-thread-count sheets and pillow cases; men’s shirts; tightly woven but not heavy curtains/drapes (no sheers)and lightweight, unpilled flannel, including sheets and baby blankets. Or purchase a gift card for the project from G Street Fabrics, a long-running and local family business that sells high quality fabrics that meet our needs; their phone number is 240-283-8300.  You can reach the Project by contacting Laredo’s Judith Weinberg via the civic association’s e-office with an email to   And thank you!

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