When Ivy Wang first learned to sew two years ago, she could never have predicted that the simple stitching skills she mastered would help her protect the lives of hundreds during a global pandemic as a volunteer making cloth masks for frontline workers.
“At the beginning of April, I saw an email from Hopkins asking for community donations of cloth masks, and I thought this was something I could do to make a difference,” said the PhD candidate in biomedical engineering. “But when I saw the pattern and instructions, I wondered if I was capable. At that point, I couldn’t even remember how to thread my machine!”
However, after pulling out her dusty sewing machine and refreshing her skills with a series of instructional YouTube videos, she was ready to give it a try.
Wang joined the PPE Baltimore Facebook page, where volunteers work together to donate to many other local organizations, such as nursing homes and shelters. The group also helped her acquire some fabric and ties donated by members of the community.