POMEROY, Ohio – The Meigs County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is seeking help with supplying a need for masks. Meigs EMA has teamed up with Pomeroy Mayor Don Anderson and The Fabric Shop to help make it easier for those that would like to help.

According to Meigs EMA Director Jamie Jones, Mayor Anderson contacted him about how the community could help making masks and getting them to people in the community that need them. Through the conversation, Mayor Anderson and Director Jones came up with a way to help a local business too. Through some donations to help off-set the cost of materials, Anderson and Jones are working with The Fabric Shop. The Fabric Shop is creating kits for making masks. Those with sewing skills can pick up the free kits to make 20 masks starting Monday, April 6 at Pomeroy Village Hall.

Jones said this was a project to help the community in a couple of ways. He said residents want to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not know how to help. Making masks is a way for the community to support one another. The CDC is recommending that everyone wear a mask when in public. Masks being made will then be distributed locally to those that need them.

“People want to help their neighbors, with these kits they can do that,” Jones said and added, “We are a strong county. Together we will get through this.

Instructions for the masks are available as a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilting Co. by click here. There is one slight change, leave the opening to turn larger than shown in the video and finish the opening edges separately. Additionally, don’t do the last top stitch step all the way around, that leaves the mask open on the bottom edge, creating a pocket to insert a coffee filter, etc. for more protection.

Kits will even be delivered to you and completed masks can be picked up at your home as well. For delivery of kits, please call Meigs EMA at 740-992-4541 beginning Monday.