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Volunteers make more than 700 masks for their hospitals


The Brodstone Hospital Auxiliary sewing committee meets monthly for mending and making new items such as surgery pillows, nursing pillows, walker caddies, heart monitor bags and ice pack covers. Women in the photo worked on lap robes. Pictured are back row: Janice Watts, Debby Harris, Verlene Watson, Kathy Essink, Lois Hamel. Front row from the left, Carol Watters and Joan Rempe. Others who worked on the lap robes but not pictured are Becky Behrends, Gerry Karmazin, Luetta Pedersen. Virgina Lewis was the long time coordinator of the Auxiliary Sewing Committee until she and her husband moved to Hastings.

When Mary Kahldahl heard her sister, Pat Kelly of Pender, was making masks for the Pender Hospital, she thought it was a great idea. Pat's daughter-in-law is the C.E.O. at the hospital in Pender so Mary, who volunteers at the Brodstone Memorial Hospital gift shop, knew if the Pender hospital needed masks, Brodstone Memorial Hospital might need them too. She contacted Karen Tinkham, administrative assistant at Brodstone, to see if the hospital could use them. Karen was thrilled with the idea.

Mary researched different patterns on line and a pattern her sister had given her. Then she reached...

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