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KDS Patriots for Patriots Mask Program

KDS DAR School is pleased to launch the Patriots for Patriots Mask Program. Beginning on Tuesday, May 12, we are converting our Family & Consumer Sciences Classroom into a mask production facility in an effort to address the great need for personal protective equipment across the country.

We are asking DAR Chapters, groups, and individuals who are sewers to lend a hand in service to America. This is not a sewing class, so it is important that those who sign up to work are self-sufficient in operating a sewing machine. Having experienced sewers is crucial to make to ensure the most efficient use of time.

In order to ensure all social distancing guidelines are adhered to, there can be no more than nine volunteers for any one shift, and all volunteers must wear a mask. The job assignments for each shift will consist of six seamstresses, two cutters, and a presser/runner. The specific responsibilities of each job will be explained at the beginning of each shift. Because we are limiting the number of volunteers to nine in any given shift, we cannot allow participants to bring their children or other guests who are not sewing.

We will be sewing in two shifts – 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for at least the next several weeks. Please use this Link to sign up for the day(s) and shift(s) you would like to volunteer.

Once you click the link, you will be directed to SignUp.com. Scroll down to see the available days and times. Click the green ‘Sign Up’ button to select the shift you would like to work. You will need to provide an email address, your name, and a phone number. You may also sign up for others who would like to volunteer at the same time you sign up for yourself.

If you cannot access the link or if you have trouble scheduling yourself for the desired day or time, call the KDS Administrative Office at 256-728-4236 for assistance.

Please arrive at KDS 15 minutes early, on your designated day and time. The FACS Classroom is located in the Burkey Center. Volunteers will park in the Burkey Center Parking Lot and enter through the covered doorway between the Burkey Center and the Seimes-Thomas Building. Follow the signs to the marked doorway.

Because we hope to produce as many masks as possible, we are asking our friends to help us in obtaining the needed supplies. To follow is a list:

Supplies Needed

100% cotton fabric

100% cotton thread

Rotary cutter blades (60mm and 45mm)

Plastic bobbins

1/8” flat elastic

½” double-fold bias tape

Disinfectant Wipes

Hand sanitizer

Supplies may be shipped to KDS DAR School, 6077 Main Street, Grant, AL 35747, or can be ordered from our Amazon Wishlist. Be sure to include your name and contact information with any donations, so your generous gift may be acknowledged.

The masks produced by those volunteering for this Patriots for Patriots Mask Program will be used to fulfill the requests received by NSDAR's National Service to America Project website.

Because we will be sending masks across the country to those in need, we are also requesting donations to cover the cost of shipping. If you would like to donate to help with shipping, checks can be mailed to KDS DAR School, 6077 Main Street, Grant, AL 35747, or to use a credit card you can Donate Online. Under ‘Donor Designation’, select ‘Other’ and type in ‘mask shipping’.

We find ourselves in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Providing essential personal protective equipment to those who need it most is one way we can do our part in perpetuating the ideals of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Thank you for sharing your time and your talents in service to America!

DISCLAIMER: Fabric face masks made through the KDS Patriots for Patriots Mask Program and by DAR volunteers are not medical grade and are not guaranteed to treat or prevent disease. They are created in furtherance of CDC recommendations that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Recipients should determine on their own whether a fabric face mask is suitable for their needs.