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JoAnn Fabrics is providing free mask-making kits for sewers to help hospitals with supply shortages

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Crafting communities are pitching in to help combat the shortage of essential supplies in hospitals due to coronavirus, particularly face masks.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores is the latest to help by giving away free at-home mask-making kits for people to complete and donate to hospitals.

The kits include free pieces of fabric, elastic and other materials required for mask-making. For those who want to help but have no idea how to make a mask, JoAnn has created a step-by-step YouTube tutorial.

To get the kits, customers can take advantage of JoAnn's ship-to-home and curbside pickup options. All open JoAnn stores will act as collection points for the masks once they are completed and customers will simply drop them off when they're finished.

JoAnn employees will take care of donating the finished masks to local hospitals in need, where they will be used at the hospitals’ discretion.

JoAnn will be offering free, in-person classes at stores for people to make face masks as well as covers, gowns and other items to donate to America’s hospitals.

The classes come complete with sewing machines, instructions and materials. The class sizes will adhere to the CDC-recommended guidelines for social distancing and local restrictions.

The face masks will go to hospitals that are near JoAnn stores, but the fabric company is also working to provide fabric, elastic and clear vinyl to larger hospitals who are in need of supplies.

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