As the COVID-19 pandemic started, it has brought about significant changes in our lives. It involved drastic changes to ensure safety from the virus. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Miriam Looker did not hesitate to take action despite instructions given by his son who was a doctor.
The 95-year-old decided to utilize her supply of quilting materials and soon was making up to 10 masks a day at her assisted living facility in Marysville. Then, as she pushed well over in creating up to 1,000 masks, she took a break – to recuperate from COVID-19.
After feeling exhausted and taking a lot of naps in November, Looker was feeling like her usual self again and started back in creating more masks. She cuts out patterns at night and creates pleats while watching the news, then inserts elastic straps the next day. It task was divided into segments but it was making progress.
The masks that she created went to several locations. It was her way of helping others stay safe. The masks have gone to her stepson’s patients, residents at Walnut Crossing Assisted Living Community where Looker lives, churches, hospice groups, and schools.
Looker now estimates that she has made about 1,700 masks, slightly ahead of a fellow resident who is creating 1,300 of her own.
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