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Temple sewing units donate masks to Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida

Temple sewing units donate masks to Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida

The dedicated donors of Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida are really stepping up to the plate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. How? By donating cotton face masks for our staff and patient families to use when going out in public. 

For years, our staff has watched beautiful hand-made items come through our doors; blankets, quilts and even pillowcases, handcrafted with love and donated in hopes it would help provide comfort to any child receiving our care. Now, in response to the country’s current health crisis, temple sewing units are redirecting their focus to making face masks instead.

“I’ve seen the workmanship of items donated in the past and they were all absolutely superb,” said Fleury Yelvington, administrator at Shriners Healthcare for Children in Florida. “Shifting production to face masks enables our donors to continue channeling their creativity while also fulfilling a public health need, which we are very grateful for.”

From polka dots to camouflage, and monster trucks to hot pink animal print; a variety of masks are being donated in both child and adult sizes. They will not be used for direct patient care, as they are made of cloth and designed to fit universally. However, having a face mask for required trips to the grocery store or pharmacy is priceless. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that the sets of masks we have already received are going quickly, and are much appreciated by all.

We are very thankful to our supportive Shriner family for assisting with the protection of our patients, families and staff. If you or your sewing unit is interested in getting more information on how you can get involved and offer your support, please contact Jessica Hill in the marketing and communications department at 813-833-8419 or via email.

Doctor Maciel wearing a maskDoctor Reynolds wearing a mask

Pictured: (left) Orthopaedic Surgeon/Chief of Staff, Maureen Maciel, M.D., (right) Pediatric Endocrinologist, Danielle Reynolds, M.D.