The community has responded to Confluence Health’s request for homemade masks, having already donated 1,067 by Thursday afternoon.
Confluence put out a call last Friday for volunteers to sew 5,000 masks for patients visiting its health care facilities.
Confluence resumed non-emergency surgeries this week and anticipated a large rise in the number of people coming to Central Washington Hospital and its clinics.
With all patients required to wear a mask, Confluence asked people with sewing skills to make 5,000 masks.
The masks received so far are still well below the goal but that is not at all discouraging, a hospital official said.
“We couldn’t be happier with the response, and know that more are coming soon,” said Clint Strand, public information officer for Confluence. “This outpouring of generosity is emblematic of the spirit our community members show every day.”
Confluence has posted patterns for masks on its website and is offering to reimburse people for the cost of materials.
Finished masks can be dropped off at Confluence Health Foundation offices and more information is available by calling 436-6275.