OXFORD — Oxford Senior Center Quilting Guild member June Maciolek, Cynthia Gaillard and Edna Cruz have been busy sewing face masks designed with seniors in mind. They found that masks made with elastic that goes around the ears are not useful for those with hearing aids. In many cases, the hearing aids are knocked out by the elastic. In addition, many seniors cannot easily use masks that tie behind their heads, so the guild designed a mask that uses elastic beading cord, normally used for crafts and jewelry, to go around the head and neck.
The elastic cord, which comes in a variety of colors, was graciously donated by Lois and Phil Ercoli of Middlebury.
The masks are made from 100% prewashed cotton prints and solids, which makes them totally washable and reusable. There is a pocket for n95 filter inserts and another pocket to insert a pipe cleaner for men and a florist wire for women, which is used to press the mask around your nose.
They have also made special face masks for the Oxford Police Department and first responders using their recycled uniform shirts.
Many masks have been distributed throughout the community and have helped residents and first responders remain safe.