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Local tailors team up to make masks for public health workers

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 18:49:20-04

WACO, Texas — Public health and safety workers across the country are facing a shortage of masks.

A group of Central Texas tailors are hoping to meet that demand.

Matea Perales has been a seamstress in Waco for more than 40 years.

She said she wanted to find out what she could do to help when she heard about the need for masks.

Her daughter, Reyna Reyes, reached out to local hospitals to get patterns and directions on how they could make the masks from home.

Now, they are sharing that information on Facebook, hoping other tailors across Central Texas will pull out their sewing machines, and help meet the pressing need.

The group is also urgently looking for supplies like elastic bands, thread fabric and wire.

They plan to make their first delivery to multiple clinics on Monday.

You can find a link to the Facebook group here.