Georgia camper sewing masks to donate to hospital

It's about as serious as you can take social distancing.

“We have the camper, it’s time to use it,” said Hoschton's Ted Ellis.

Ted and his wife Barbara Ellis are spending time in Fort Yargo State Park in Winder as they and everyone else deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. They say the park has been busy, but they're keeping separated from other campers to be safe.

That doesn't mean, however, a disconnect from their community.

“Here’s the finished ones I can show you," said Barbara Ellis.

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Barbara is spending some of her time in the great outdoors inside the couple's camper. She brought a sewing kit, and is making masks to donate to help healthcare workers treating patients with COVID-19. 

A friend organized the group, and distributed instructions. The masks are intended to be worn along with the medical-grade N-95 masks. The homemade masks can hopefully help extend the life of the N-95 masks, which are in short supply.

"They don't take very long to make," said Barbara Ellis.

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The finished products will be donated to a nearby hospital in Barrow County. To add a little color to the doctors' and nurses' days, Barbara uses a variety of patterns, including an Easter-themed print for the upcoming holiday, and one with birds on it.

"It's my contribution," said Barbara Ellis. 

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