More than 1,600 face masks, 1,600 goggles, 400 gowns, 130 surgical caps and 250 boxes of gloves were collected from science and healthcare classrooms and school clinics and were delivered to the hospital on March 24. Also, special education teacher Sherri Dickerson at Whitewater Middle School has started a group called Fayette County Mask Makers, which includes about 30 local teachers. The group is sewing masks and gathering other supplies; the first two batches of masks have already been delivered to the hospital and to the Fayette County Fire Department.
Volunteers are making masks for children, healthcare workers and larger sizes for men. A Facebook page has been set up to coordinate the effort, and the Quilt N’ Fabric store at 935 W. Lanier Ave. in Fayetteville is serving as a drop-off location.