GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- For Hi Fashion Sewing, staying open during this time means slowing the spread of COVID-19, and saving lives.
The sewing and quilting business off Patterson Rd. and 1st St. has turned into a vital source of protective masks in a matter of weeks.
“As a business owner, you think of ways to stay open,” said Hi Fashion owner Jeff Vogel “I was thinking of ways to stay open and thought I could provide this.”
Shortly after the stay at home order went into place in Colorado, Vogel and his team filled an order of over 5,000 masks for St. Mary’s Hospital, and are currently working on a 4,000 mask order for the VA hospital in Grand Junction.
Hi Fashion Sewing’s mask operation is made up of volunteers and regular clientele. Sewing enthusiasts (whether they’ve shopped at Hi Fashion before or not) can go to Hi Fashion between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday and pick up kits made by Hi Fashion staff and volunteers to make masks.
Each kit contains materials for ten masks, and they can easily be made with a sewing machine, then brought back to Hi Fashion and dropped off in a bin outside.
“We’re getting about 200 to 600 masks turned in a day,” Vogel said.
The director of the Grand Junction VA hospital says these masks will help conserve personal protective equipment reserved for doctors and nurses fulfilling their daily duties.
“Anyone coming through the facility will wear a mask (from Hi Fashion),” said Patrick Hull, the Grand Junction VA Director. “Both employees and veterans, and visitors if they enter our site.”
Vogel also says masks are available for members of the community at Hi Fashion for a suggested donation of $1 per mask to help support the business’ mask-making efforts for hospitals.
Want to get involved? Visit Hi Fashion’s website for more details or give them a call at 970-256-1293.