Siblings in Vermillion Co. asking for help sewing masks


CLINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Two students in Vermillion County are challenging other 4-H members to help their communities by sewing masks for healthcare workers.

Some may be using the time inside because of the COVID-19 outbreak to catch up on television shows or another leisurely activity. For others, like Blythe Heber and her brother Liam, they took it as a call to action.

Heber is a senior at South Vermillion High School, and Liam, a student at South Vermillion Middle. The two siblings have been sewing masks for local healthcare workers as well as for elderly residents in nursing homes.

The siblings have been active members of the 4-H Club for over a decade and asked their County Extension Educator how they could help combat the spread of the disease. Now the pair have grown into a group of over twenty who are helping with the effort and the two are looking for even more to get involved.

They were inspired by an article they read about healthcare workers using trash bags as gowns when supplies began to run low. As of today, the group has produced 1,064 masks and shows no signs of slowing down.

To take part in the challenge, use #MasksBy4H on social media and visit the Vermillion County 4-H page. More information about the challenge can also be found on their website.

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