×
214
Fashion Jobs
TIFFANY & CO
CRM & Marketing Executive
Permanent · Sydney
TIFFANY & CO
Sales Supervisor - Melbourne International Airport
Permanent · Melbourne
CLINIQUE
Clinique - Consultant - Myer Castle Hill- Part Time
Permanent · Sydney
CLINIQUE
Clinique - Consultant - Perth International Airport- Part Time
Permanent · Perth
CLINIQUE
Clinique - Consultant - Myer Chatswood- Part Time
Permanent · Sydney
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Assistant Store Manager
Permanent · MELBOURNE
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Assistant Store Manager
Permanent · MIRANDA
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Assistant Store Manager
Permanent · PARRAMATTA
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Casual Sales Assistants
Permanent · INDOOROOPILLY
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Visual Merchandiser
Permanent · MIRANDA
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Store Manager
Permanent · PARRAMATTA
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Flagship Store Manager
Permanent · CHIPPENDALE
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Visual Merchandiser
Permanent · PARRAMATTA
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Visual Merchandiser
Permanent · BRISBANE CITY
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Assistant Store Manager
Permanent · WOLLONGONG
GLUE STORE CAREERS
Assistant Store Manager
Permanent · INDOOROOPILLY
H&M
E-Commerce Merchandiser – Australia- h&m
Permanent · Sydney
H&M
E-Commerce Visual Merchandiser (Digital Experience) – Australia
Permanent · Sydney
H&M
E-Commerce Visual Merchandiser (Customer Analyst) - Australia
Permanent · Sydney
H&M
E-Commerce Communications Planner- h&m Australia
Permanent · Sydney
COVET SHOES
Fashion Footwear Designer
Freelance · SYDNEY
NONI B
Store Manager - Part Time - Noni b Brandon Park
Permanent · Wheelers Hill

Sewing machines become latest weapon against coronavirus as California volunteers swing into action

By
Reuters
Published
Mar 25, 2020
Reading time
3 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

Smita Paul has been sewing scarves and clothing for her small fashion business since 2003 but ever since the coronavirus struck the Bay Area and created a shortage in personal protective equipment for hospital workers, she has switched from sewing scarves to sewing masks.


Smita Paul, founder of Indigo Handloom, sews face masks, in Oakland, California, U.S., March 23, 2020



“We are all horrified. The idea of one of my friends having to go into this situation without having any protective gear, I just can’t imagine,” said Paul. “If we can do one little thing, we’re going to do it.”

Paul is among a growing number eager to answer desperate calls from healthcare workers on social media and community forums asking for assistance in acquiring masks, gloves and other equipment needed to protect them against the pandemic that has killed at least 660 people in the United States and sickened more than 50,000.

Craig Enis, 50, works as a registered subacute nurse at Generations Healthcare in Walnut Creek, California. He said the facility is running low on surgical masks, gowns for isolation rooms, and hand sanitizer.

“N95-masks are just nonexistent right now,” he said.

Enis is afraid for himself as a healthcare worker and for his vulnerable patients, but nothing scares him more than possibly bringing home the virus to his two children.

“It’s incredibly scary because I’m a single father, and they have no choice but to be with me, so whatever I come home with, they’re exposed to,” Enis said.

A Google spreadsheet circulating online showed informal requests for almost three dozen medical facilities in the Bay Area, including the University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF), Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health. Each request described items the facilities would accept and how to deliver them.

With California under a stay-at-home order, Paul rallied volunteer sewers to help. She has posted an instructional video on YouTube, provided kits with materials, and coordinated deliveries.

“We’re all volunteering, and it just shows what a group of concerned citizens can do. We’ll probably get 100 masks out today,” said Paul, whose company, Indigo Handloom, is partnering with community members, including City College of San Francisco’s fashion department, to increase mask production.

Anne Cocquyt, 36, in San Francisco, spent the weekend collecting unused and unopened boxes of N95-masks for nurses at Kaiser. She said she felt compelled to help after hearing reports on social media that nurses were cutting up plastic bottles to use as face shields.

“That’s when we said ‘OK, we need to do something right now,’” Cocquyt said. “This is a drop in the bucket but at the same time this might be one day’s worth of supplies for the nurses in the ER.”

In a statement, Kaiser Permanente said it was working to increase its supply of protective gear as quickly as possible and develop “a process to efficiently collect, inventory, inspect, and distribute these donations.”

UCSF, meanwhile, set up three donation sites that opened on Monday. A statement called the donations critical for frontline employees.

© Thomson Reuters 2020 All rights reserved.