OKC Community Sews Masks and Donates Supplies to Hospitals

Hospitals face shortage of medical supplies amidst COV19 crisis. Locals decide to help.

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Courtesy of Moore Public Schools

On March 26, Moore Public Schools administration filled four district vans full of antibacterial wipes, gloves, and hand sanitizer. They delivered the supplies to Norman Regional Hospital and OU Medical Center.

MOORE, OKLA – With the unprecedented outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), hospitals nation-wide face a shortage of medical supplies– especially face masks and gloves. 

The coronavirus is transmitted by coughing or by touching contaminated surfaces, so protective gear can go a long way towards keeping medical staff safe. But for weeks, hospitals have been running severely low on essential supplies. Medical facilities in the OKC metropolitan area are asking community members to donate items such as disinfectant wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer. 

“We know these items are scarce right now, but this type of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the only barrier between us and the disease. We need it to not only protect ourselves – but the community at large,” a news release from INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center states.

My boss and I knew that we didn’t need them compared to the people making sacrifices to fight this devilish disease. They are protecting our families and kids. This is the least we can do”

— Ngan Nguyen, Nail Salon Technician

While practicing social distancing, students and families still on extended break learn to hand-sew masks.

“My grandmother knew how to make hand-sewn masks and was excited to teach me. It was hard at first because I have never sewn in my life and stringing the thread to the needle was a challenge, but I knew the struggle was worth it,” sophomore Jassmin Flores said.

Local businesses like nail salons and auto body shops are also donating disposable gloves and masks to nearby hospitals.

“My boss and I knew that we didn’t need them compared to the people making sacrifices to fight this devilish disease. They are protecting our families and kids. This is the least we can do,” nail salon worker Ngan Nguyen said.

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Tailor shop owner Mrs. Trang K. spends 10 hours a day to sew masks. She distributed to children’s hospitals across the state. “My daughter works at OU Medical so I wanted to make sure she and her friends had masks. It’s my line of work so it wasn’t a hard task or decision to make in helping those kids,” Trang said.

To donate masks or other items, community members can reach SSM Health by calling (405) 272-7070 to hear about drop-off locations and ask any further questions.

“We are grateful and appreciative of the wonderful reaction from the public and members of the community donating items,” SSM St. Anthony Hospital Representative Kate Cunningham said.