Cassidy Dyer working to make face masks for
local health care providers
The staff at Northeastern Health System-Sequoyah as well as the Health and Wellness Center are in desperate need of face masks and one area girl has stepped up to help meet that demand.
Cassidy Dyer, 15, a sophomore at Gans and a seamstress since getting her first sewing machine on her 7th birthday, created her own pattern and began producing the masks as soon as she learned local hospitals were in need.
Cassidy’s mother, Lindsie Dyer, said Tuesday that Cassidy has helped her with several community outreach projects in years past, and helping others during the coronavirus pandemic was a natural progression for her. “Cassidy is a master at many things and has always been by my side, whether it’s passing out backpacks at our annual back-to-school event, volunteering her summers working with the local Boys and Girls club, volunteering at the community Thanksgiving dinner or helping at resource meetings in the community,” Dyer said.
Dyer said she began receiving calls from several Sequoyah County agencies looking for resources for medical equipment (particularly masks).
Once she learned of the need, Cassidy said masks “can be made in less than 10 minutes and are very beginner-friendly for those who are just getting started in sewing.”
Dyer said Cassidy shared her pattern with the quilters at Trinity Baptist Church in Muldrow so they can help make even more of the protective masks. Cassidy said, "At this time, we are in need of any basic sewing supplies, fabric and/or scraps that are 100 percent cotton, flannel and elastic.” Any donations “would be wonderful,” Dyer said, and they may be made by contacting Lindsie Dyer at email@example.com or at (918) 775-7787, extension 2144 or Connie Olcott at COlcott@thwcinc.com or (479) 763-8007.
Cassidy is a member of the Gans Public Schools’ SWAT team, the clay and trap-shooting team and she is a Future Farmers of America officer and a Quiz Bowl participant.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 81 positive cases of the virus in the Sooner State, with one case of the illness in nearby Muskogee County and one in Adair County as well as two cases in neighboring Sebastian County, Ark. No cases have been reported in Sequoyah County, Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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