PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Town of Portsmouth is working with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post to manufacture face masks for our first responders and citizens.
The exceptionally high use rate of medical-grade face respirators by health care professionals, has resulted in a need for a suitable alternative to offer protection for first responders and citizens.
With the development of ways to produce alternative masks, the Town is in need of people with sewing talents and suitable fabric to make them.
The Town is teaming with Portsmouth VFW Post 5390 who have done a fantastic job to coordinate the local manufacture of masks and needs the public’s help.
Donations of fabric, clothing, quality bed sheets and elastics are needed. Additional sewing machines and volunteers to sew are also needed.
Fabric and elastics can be dropped off at the bin outside the VFW post (822 Anthony Rd). Although no cash donations can now be accepted, please “buy local” from one of our fabric stores to purchase fabrics. For more information or volunteering, call the VFW Post at (401)-835-3819.
This is a part of Portsmouth’s larger program to find available PPE and make them available to our first responders. For more information on the Portsmouth Personal Protective Equipment Program, contact Andy Vanier at the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center, 401-643-0327, email COVID@PortsdmouthRI.com.