The Community Behind the Mask

From the mask-makers to the mask receipients, this group has served as a constant source of inspiration. In nine months, our team of power sewers have distributed nearly 10,000 masks to more than 25 Chester County groups. We wanted to highlight how this group has impacted our community. 

"These masks were made with the time, talent, and love of many, many sets of volunteer hands from our local community who gave them to our
West Chester Area Senior Center
to share! BIG THANKS to the volunteers of the
Chester County Masketeers
and
Days for Girls International
who reached out to us, kindly made a wonderful variety of sizes, types, and colors of cloth masks and delivered them to us to share with the food we've been distributing weekly to our seniors. THANK YOU! Your masks were added to the delicious hot meals we received from
Springfield Pizza
with the help of our friends at
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley
and Andrea Napoli once again this week! What a wonderful thing it is to be a part of our Senior Center's team where we have so many long-time and new friends cheerfully jumping in to help us continue serving our seniors! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR MASKS! Our smiles may be a bit more hidden these days ......but we assure you they're there....and YOU PUT THEM THERE!"
West Chester Area Senior Center
"In a time when so much was out of our control, it gave me peace being able to help so many people. I organized a group consisting of my mom, several aunts and uncles, and sisters to begin making masks with supplies we had on hand. Who knew that in 2020 crafting would be a survival skill!? As a group, the 9 of us donated over 6,000 masks across several groups and we are still going! Thank you to the Masketeers for helping organize the distribution of all of them and for refilling supplies when needed!"
Ashley Wood
Mask Maker
"I started sewing on Zoom with friends from Florida, Maryland, California, and here in Pennsylvania. We have each donated hundreds of masks to our local areas and I'm sure many have benefited from those small pieces of cloth. Having something concrete to do in a time of uncertainty and a reason to connect with these friends has improved my mental health."
Michele Shelly Kierman- Karver
Mask Maker
"The Masketeers have been a wonderful community partner with #OVSBH. Your amazing group was able to provide masks for our Voter Information Care Packets that were delivered to 1500+ households in CC to encourage seniors and low income families to register to vote and to plan to vote. Your masks helped us to let them know that their voice must be heard through voting and that we cared for thier health and safety. Thank you for your support and provision of masks."
Cheryl R. Miles
#Ourvoiceshouldbeheard and #BlackwomenofCCinaction
"Thank you for your organizational skills! It feels so good to be doing something helpful."
Vicki Smith Gansner
Mask Maker
"It all started in March when I found a pattern for ear savers. I made a lot for my neighbor to take to the nurses at Paoli Hospital. Then, Chester County Hospital needed masks with them supplying the fabric so I helped with that. Then, I made a few hundred for a sheet company in Alabama for medical use. All donated fabric and elastic. I was hooked. I started making masks and ear savers for neighbors and then for local senior care facilities. Some of them returned the favor with toilet paper and even $$. Now full time hooked on sewing I heard about Chester County Masketeers. I got my sewing machine(s) serviced and was ready to go. I loved the idea of helping the local community in a big way. It’s a pleasure to work with the coordinators. I don’t know what on earth I would be doing if not this. Thanks CCM for the chance to make a meanful contribution."
Marcia Gasser
Mask Maker
"Thank you to all that are supporting the CYWA. I asked you to help in Taggy’s honor. You have been so wonderful. I bag each mask in an individual baggie ( if they have stated cleaned on the label, otherwise I wash each one first) Between you and some other wonderful people, I have personally bagged and distributed over 1000 masks to the CYWA, including the community that comes for food distribution. Thanks so much."
Marni Antrim
CYWA
"I volunteer in honor of my mother and grandmother who both were master seamstresses. My grandmother was also a Rosie Riveter! This initiative had me brought me back to sewing after 30 years! My husband has been my driver for deliveries and we have enjoyed our time together and exploring new parts of the county. I have met some amazing women too!!!"
Peggy Kerr
Mask Maker
"I was a grateful recipient of the kindness of volunteers who had made a bag full of hand-sewn, cloth masks and they delivered them to my desk. They were donated by volunteers in an online group called 'The Masketeers.' I have enough sewing knowledge that I could have constructed a thing to cover my face, but these masks are actually made with talent."
Nate Craig
Essential Worker and Mask Receipient