The Daily Breeze profiled Angel Gowns for their contribution to the COVID-19 crisis. To see the original article, please check out this link.
Our Angels are truly wonderful, giving people! They’ve stepped up for their communities and made more than 650 cloth masks so far for healthcare workers, caregivers and essential and critical infrastructure employees in the South Bay. They are absolutely amazing!!!
Angels have donated fabric and other supplies (elastic, wires, etc.) from their own stashes, or purchased them to donate. Several of our members who are not sewers themselves have distributed supplies or picked up finished masks as needed in order to keep production moving. These women and men are making sure the community leaders on the front lines of the coronavirus fight are supplied by contributing whatever skills or materials they have (and still practicing social distancing!).
Our Angels are amazing, and we feel so grateful to be working with such wonderful people!
Angel Gowns of South Bay is jumping into the fight to provide home-sewn masks to our community medical personnel, essential workers, care givers and critical infrastructure employees. Until the shortage of medical-grade masks is resolved, Angels are doing their part in providing the best alternatives they can construct.
Mask kits (cut and packaged by our volunteers) are available for pick-up, and completed masks can be dropped off. Social distancing protocols are followed. Collected masks are donated to local organizations. Some of those that have requested masks: Harbor Community Clinic, Torrance Memorial, Providence Hospital (San Pedro & Torrance), and Little Sisters of the Poor.
Our wonderful angel, Silvia Noriega, has created a video showing how to sew a face mask with an opening for insertable filters. It’s very easy to follow. Check it out on Angel Gowns’ YouTube channel here:
If you would like to volunteer or have more questions, please check out the Angel Gowns of SouthBay Facebook Group for more details, patterns, studio hours, etc. The demand keeps growing, and masks are flying out of the studio!
Above all, everyone keep yourselves healthy and safe!
Wildlife preserves and sanctuaries are fighting to save Australia’s wildlife amid devastating fires across the continent. Gayle Fleury’s special connection to Australia prompted her to set up two special event days where volunteers to sew much-needed supplies for the kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, koalas and other animals who lost their habitat and sustained injuries.
A HUGE thank-you to all our wonderful Angels who came to sew with us January 11th! We completed 18 kangaroo pouches, a dozen pairs of koala mittens, plus a number of bird nests. We had ladies sewing at home making more of these, during and after the day, plus we gave out a bunch of skeins of yarn for nests and pouches. In fact, ALL of the pieces that were cut out and waiting to be sewn were in the hands of friends.
There have been requests to join and help us from over a dozen people, some of whom joined us next time or mail us what they have done at home.
On January 25th, we held an Australia Day party, with lots of yummy Australian treats and more sewing! More bags of crocheted and knitted bird nests arrived, along with donations of fabric, and completed projects from the previous event.
A batch of Angel Gowns’ sewn objects have already arrived at their home, courtesy of Quantas employee, Danka Nikolovski! The next batch will go to Australia with Gayle in mid-February.
The first Australia Project even was covered by the Daily Breeze. Images of their article, photos and additional photos from our volunteers are below:
Our Angels and volunteer Santas were a huge hit with the folks from Trinity Hospice! Thank you to everyone who gave their time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to deliver gifts in costume and bring joy to families who literally had no other gifts except the gifts from Trinity. Their wonderful donors provided families with much-needed and wanted items from a wish list, and Angel Gowns’ specially crafted gifts:
We donated game quilts, coloring books and re-purposed crayons in special shapes created by children attending the Waterfront Studios summer art camp, and customized art journals and gel pens for older children.
It was an education in realizing how much we have and how blessed we are.
We also were the recipients of a special gift: $25,000 from Providence Hospitals with no strings except to keep up the good work and to show their love for us and what we do! Gayle was lucky enough to be part of a group that sang at both local Providence Hospitals before Christmas, so was able to give Garry Olney a goody bag to take on his ski trip with his sons. It had Godiva chocolates and Australian cookies plus a copy of our coloring book and art journal.
More photos below:
Meet Aria, the first recipient of our hospice gown project through Providence TrinityCare. How cute is she??? Her mom LOVED the gown and thought the print was adorable (the bumblebee print is one of our faves!). Aria and her mom will definitely find great use for it.
We are very grateful that Aria’s family was willing to share this picture with us. Much of what the Angel Gowns volunteers do is anonymous out of respect for grieving families, so it is nice to actually see our hospice gowns give the patients and their families a little bit comfort and cheer.
If you would like to join us in sewing more of these gowns — for sadly, there is a great need for them — please join us on the 4th Saturday of each month at the studio and take part!