Chandler and Gilbert residents have been providing masks to aid in the fight against coronavirus. Read their stories here.

Gilbert’s HD South quilters turn efforts toward masks

Spring normally is time for the annual quilt show at HD South, a display of quilts produced by the quilting bee that meets at the museum as well as members of the community.

Of course, most plans have been disrupted this spring in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The show, which usually lasts from late February through the end of May, had been open only a couple weeks before the pandemic hit.

But some of the quilters have kept their hands busy with a new task: making masks for the community.



Sister city in China donates face masks to Gilbert

Gilbert and its sister city of Leshan, China, will not hold a cultural exchange of students this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that has not weakened the two's ties.

Gilbert’s public safety workers were the beneficiary this week of 100 N95 face masks from Leshan as a result of the Sister Cities International program, a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates partnerships between communities in the United States and those in other countries.

Here’s how you can make your own face mask at home


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines in early April regarding the use of face coverings and masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Officials recommended individuals wear cloth face coverings when in public even when they are not exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus.

Chandler woman starts statewide Facebook group to make masks for Arizona health care workers

Chandler resident Shannon Brannan did not know that when she began a Facebook group for mask makers, she was igniting a statewide movement.

Brannan said she got the idea from an Atlanta-based group. She knew Arizona could benefit from such a group, so she went on the Facebook Marketplace and started searching for groups in Chandler. Then, she started what is now Mask Making for Arizona Healthcare Workers.


'I'll do what I can for as long as I can’: Chandler photographer turns to making masks for health care workers

A year ago Melissa Shumway bought fabric and a sewing machine to make custom camera straps for her photography business. Her initial plan was waylaid, but a year later she found herself with a craft room full of fabric and a sewing machine that she has been putting to use during the coronavirus outbreak, making free masks for health care workers.

"I can't help but think God knew that there was going to be a need," Shumway said. "I thought to myself, 'Wow, I have all this fabric and a brand new sewing machine—I am meant to help however I can.' It was all for a reason. Why else would I have all this fabric laying around?"

Alexa D’Angelo, Danica Smithwick and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.