When Christene Richardson asked ten other ladies to help her make masks, she didn’t expect her idea to turn into so much more. The purpose of the mask was to provide protection against disease, and it ended up providing deeper friendships, more shared interests, fellowship and meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of these eleven ladies.
Physical Needs Met
Almost 500 masks have been sewn, and they continue to make more for residents and staff to provide them with a safe barrier during this pandemic. Some residents didn’t have any protection for themselves, so having access to these masks has been such a blessing. Non-Medical staff have been able to utilize them for protection as well.
Emotional Needs Met
A member of the sewing group, Mrs. June Scott said, “It gave me something to do which made me feel like I was helping.” Many of the ladies felt the same way, and they knew by keeping themselves busy they wouldn’t just sit around by themselves and worry about the pandemic happening in the world.
Spiritual Needs Met
Making these masks made a way for deeper friendships, renewed friendships and new friendships. It gave them time for love and fellowship, as well as, prayer and stories of times past. Mrs. Janis Tucker said, “My favorite part has been the fellowship. We laughed, talked and just enjoyed each other!”
These ladies felt as though they were called to sew, but in the end they were called to each other and to our MRC PineCrest Community. So, thank you to Christene Richardson, Bette Lewis, Roberta Mansur, June Scott, Mary Ann Mewbourne, Janis Tucker, Eloise Richardson, Patsy Weems, Mary Still, Joyce Snell and Mary Neal for your love and kindness for others that turned into so much more than a mask.