Bay Area residents come together around face mask making

Image description
Image description
Bay Area residents of all ages are working to provide protective gear to essential workers, first responders and community members amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For Terri Booser, making, selling and donating masks is her family’s main source of income with her husband’s business on hold. Booser co-owns Sugar & Spice Drapery and Shades, which went from offering custom window treatment and soft furnishings to face mask production. The shop is aiming to help local businesses that are requiring employees to be masked, she said in a Facebook message.

The business initially donated 300 masks, which were made with available materials, but they improved the design to offer a better-quality item, Booser said. The shop’s team decided to invest in necessary mask-making supplies to ensure consistency and quality in the event of future supply shortages, she added.

“We reinvented the business to utilize our skills and be able to still provide for our families,” she said in a Facebook message. “Of course we remain willing to do masks as long as needed even if it becomes a permanent extension of our business.”

After seeing increasing amounts of Facebook posts related to area mask shortages, Jane Sweeney decided to act as well. Initially, her goal was to make 100 masks to donate. As of April 16, Sweeney said she and about 30 other volunteers with the Lakeview Quilters Guild made well over 1,000.

Sweeney owns Minuteman Press-Bay Area at 1040 Hercules Ave., Houston. People often drop masks off anonymously or even send them directly to medical facilities, so the number of mask-makers is likely higher than 30, Sweeney said.

As Clear Creek ISD students enter their third calendar month of distance learning, two siblings are using some of their extra time in isolation to make masks and ear-relief straps. Michelle Davis, a sophomore at Clear Springs High School, and Nicholas Davis, an eighth grader at Creekside Intermediate School, are giving the free equipment to first responders and hospital workers or selling them for $5 each, according to their mother, Maria Davis.

Nicholas, who is interested in robotics and 3D printing, researched designs for mask ear-relief straps, which he prints himself. Michelle irons, pins and sews together the masks, which takes 10 to 15 minutes each, Maria said.

So far, the two have made more than 60 masks and 150 straps. Nicholas donated around 30 straps to a Houston-area fire department in mid-April, Maria said.

Michelle expressed pride in being able to help her neighbors.
“It makes us feel very happy that we can help the people that help us because they risk their lives every day to keep our community safe and healthy,” she said in a district press release.


This story was updated 3:30 p.m. May 13 to clarify story details.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

<

MOST RECENT

The text of General Order No. 3, which Gordon Granger issued from Galveston in June 1865 to explicitly liberate enslaved Black Texans, runs across the bottom of the mural. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘I am filled’: Houston-Galveston area celebrates first Juneteenth as federal holiday

See how local policymakers, historians, artists and philanthropists honored the Juneteenth holiday at its birthplace with the dedication of a 5,000-square-foot mural.

The Texas Central rail connection from Dallas to Houston will feature a bullet train similar to this one. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court declines to review high-speed rail case, freeing company up to use eminent domain

Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a big win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a "railroad company" under state law.

There will be various events across the Houston area celebrating the Fourth of July, including League City's Fireworks Extravaganza. (Courtesy of League City)
12 Fourth of July weekend events, celebrations to attend in the Greater Houston area

Here are 12 Fourth of July weekend events throughout the Houston region.

When he is not on the UHCL campus, Delgado is employed part-time as a legal assistant at Travis Bryan Law Group and is also a firefighter with the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department. (Courtesy University of Houston-Clear Lake)
University of Houston system appoints first-ever University of Houston-Clear Lake Hawk as student regent

Derek Delgado, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in legal studies at UHCL, will work directly with other student governments throughout the university system and help advocate for student needs.

(Rendering courtesy Land Rover of Clear Lake)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Land Rover of Clear Lake coming soon and more

Here is a roundup of local business news from Clear Lake and League City.

Alvin Community College President Christal Albrecht (left) and University of Houston-Clear Lake President Ira Blake signed an articulation agreement expansion June 10 that will allow ACC associate degree students to co-enroll in UHCL’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program. (Courtesy University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Alvin Community College, University of Houston-Clear Lake expand nursing program partnership

The agreement between the colleges will streamline the transition process between ACC’s associate degree program for nursing and UHCL’s RN-to-BSN program.

ribbon cutting
Nearly $400M project to boost Houston-area water supply by up to 500M gallons a day

The project has been in development for over 50 years and broke ground in 2017.

Following Hurricane Harvey, debris lined the streets in many parts of Harris County. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
After Department of Housing and Urban Development denies request, Texas General Land Office drafting plan to subaward Harris County $750M for flood mitigation

The Texas General Land Office now plans to subaward Harris County flood mitigation funding after the county was left out of recent Hurricane Harvey relief funds.

(Rendering courtesy Intuitive Machines)
Intuitive Machines opening Lunar Operations Center at Houston Spaceport

After landing a module on the moon in the first quarter of 2022, Intuitive Machines plans to make an annual effort to send hardware to the lunar surface, and it will do its work from the Houston Spaceport.

Scott and her husband Dan Jewett gave $30 million to the college, which is the largest private gift in San Jac’s history. (Courtesy Fotolia)
San Jacinto College receives largest private gift in college history from MacKenzie Scott

The former wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donated $2.7 billion to nearly 300 high-impact organizations “in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked,” she announced June 15.

Clear Creek ISD students will be able to freely collaborate and play during the 2021-22 school year, district leaders said. (Courtesy Pexels)
Clear Creek ISD makes strides toward pre-pandemic operations for 2021-22

Here is what CCISD community members need to know about what working and learning will look like on campuses this fall, including updated guidance on quarantines, contact tracing and other COVID-19 response protocols.