4/10 Update: The need for masks continues, and we're proud to have donated material and kits to make over 2500 masks! What is the most impressive though is that the COMMUNITY of people here have sewn these masks! We've had people use not only our kits, but their own fabric and elastic as well! We've provided over 1000 masks to KershawHealth, and another 900 or so to doctor's offices, EMS workers, home health agencies, hospice groups, a group of nurses at Prisma Richland in the Pediatric unit, and even a healthcare facility near Atlanta that had an urgent need! We've also been able to provide some masks to high risk individuals and businesses as well. We continue to field requests from healthcare groups and also continue to provide masks to meet the hospital's ongoing needs. Thank you, Kershaw County - we are #KCStrong!
Don't sew? Read about supporting the mask project here!
3/27 Update: We have elastic! We're making kits and should have some tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am. We’ve also delivered over 500 masks that YOU made to KershawHealth over the last two days! Thank you! #KCStrong
March 20, 2020
Dear Sewing and Quilting Friends:
We have been asked to help coordinate making fabric face masks to be used in our local health care facilities and offices.
Many of you have read or heard about "mask projects" online, and some have seen comments urging the use of the masks, while others have cautioned against the masks. At her request, we have coordinated our efforts with Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, the Chief Medical Officer at KershawHealth, and she indicated that the hospital is taking the necessary steps to ensure the masks are used in accordance with all CDC guidelines. So, with that in mind, we're willing to help, and would love for you to get involved with us!
Palmetto Stitches and Quilts will be donating kits that include everything needed to make 7 masks. There is NO cost for the kits! The kits include fabric, elastic and a pattern. What we're asking is that, if you're a sewer, seamstress or quilter, consider helping out and making some masks that will stay right here in Kershaw County and will support the healthcare efforts of KershawHealth.
Starting March 21st (Saturday), we will have kits available. All you have to do is call (803-272-0051 is the shop) or message us on Facebook, let us confirm that we have kits still available, and we'll coordinate a pickup time for you to get a kit. We'll even bring it out to your car when you drive up! If you'll provide a name and an email address, we'll keep you posted on how the effort is going!
Our shop is located at 405 Rutledge Street in Camden, SC (next to Ole Timey Meat Market.)
When you've completed your kit, simply call or message us and we'll coordinate a drop off back at the shop. If you want an additional kit at that time, we're happy to provide them. (We'll be limiting people to one kit initially to allow as many people an opportunity to participate.)
If you'd like to make them using your own fabric and elastic, you can get the pattern here. We've also provided a video link here if you need some visual inspiration!
Kershaw County is resilient. We've got a long history of rallying to support our community in times of need. We will get through this, and we'll be stronger because of it! Thank you for all you do to to make our community better!
Kelly & Todd Warnock
Owners, Palmetto Stitches and Quilts