JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 St. Johns emergency department nurse Keegan Pfiel is leading an effort to recruit community members to sew 1,000 masks for healthcare workers.\r\n\r\nThe project comes after a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and patients. Community members are asked to help by creating or donating personal protective equipment, like masks, so hospital workers can keep fighting the spread of COVID-19.\r\n\r\n"St. John\u2019s Health has been very proactive in providing and obtaining the appropriate PPE, including masks." Pfiel said. "However, with the current uncertainties of this pandemic and no guarantee of further PPE shipments, I wanted to help start this initiative to ensure those on the front lines have the resources they need to protect themselves and therefore the entire community."\r\n\r\nThere are three ways you can help supply personal protective equipment to St. Johns:\r\n\r\n1. Sewing standard masks\r\n2. Donating unused medical PPE like masks, gloves, face shields\r\n3. Donating materials like cotton fabric and sewing supplies\r\n\r\nSt. John\u2019s Health is asking for two styles of homemade fabric masks from our community as they continue to prepare COVID-19.\r\n\r\nA standard mask is a mask that any community member can create. Keegan\u2019s JH Community Mask Project hopes to create more than 1,000 standard masks for donation to St. John\u2019s Health. Surplus masks will go to other health providers in the community and region. Click here to download the PDF pattern directions and click here to watch an instructional video.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPfiel added that any kind of help is appreciated.\r\n\r\n"Dig into your garage and dust off your sewing machines. It doesn\u2019t matter if you make one mask or thousands, anything will help."\r\n\r\nThe project also has a goal to create 100 surgical masks. Skilled members of the local Quilters Guild and other professional seamstresses have been recruited to create a more detailed and technical surgical mask.\r\n\r\nThere may be other sources where masks aren't being used as much which can come in handy for overwhelmed healthcare workers. Pfiel explained, "We are also calling on veterinarians, construction workers, dentists, other health care providers and anyone else in the community that might have PPE (masks, gowns, face shields, gloves) to please donate them to St. John\u2019s Health."\r\n\r\nPlease drop masks at the main hospital at the temp monitoring station. The table is at the front entrance of the hospital, by Choices Caf\u00e9. The station is open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. There will be a bag at that desk and donors can deposit into the bag. All masks will be laundered at St. John\u2019s Health before use or distribution.\r\n\r\nFor more information on the JH Community Mask Project visit their Facebook page or St. John's website. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.