Georgia Magazine - May 2020 - 8

GEORGIA News

By Jennifer J. Hewett

Good neighbors strengthen communities

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TRACI RYLANDS

mid the global pandemic of COVID-19,
Georgians are bringing hope and looking
out for their neighbors.
All over the state, people are donating to local food banks, checking in on elderly neighbors,
grocery shopping for immunocompromised family
members and cheering for first responders and
health care workers during shift changes. Industries
are shifting gears to provide critical personal protection equipment (PPE), build emergency hospital
units and more.
Here are a few ways Georgians have been
showing love for their communities.

Sewing for health care superheroes

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eorgians with sewing skills rushed to create cloth masks to help
extend the life of N95 masks and cover the shortfall of personal
protection equipment (PPE) needed for doctors, nurses, respiratory techs and other hospital workers.
Grassroots groups, such as Mask Making for Atlanta Healthcare
Workers and Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals - Atlanta, used social media
to connect those who sew with health care workers in need of PPE. Local
theater costume-shop workers, community quilting groups, families and
individuals downloaded approved patterns and got to stitching. Georgians
donated fabric, elastic and other craft supplies; picked up and delivered
materials and masks; and shared social media posts to rally extra help.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nivel Parts & Manufacturing shifted some of
the company's efforts at its Cairo location from making golf car seats and
accessories to sewing masks for Tift Regional Medical Center (Southwell)
in Tifton. Using donated materials, employees on the plant's sewing line
volunteered their personal time to sew 600 masks in eight hours. They also
helped fulfill a request from the Grady County Board of Commissioners for
1,000 masks and 300 gowns to be distributed locally.
"Thanks to our selfless line of sewers volunteering their time and
talents, we're confident we'll be able to contribute greatly to those on the
front lines in desperate need of this protective equipment," says Chelsie
Cosby, human resource specialist at Nivel Manufacturing in Cairo.

Spruill Center for the Arts

Community reassurance,
artist relief

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Georgia Magazine

May 2020

COURTESY NIVEL MANUFACTURING

Top right: Workers at Atlanta Heart Associates wear masks made by
volunteers with Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals - Atlanta, SMAHAtlanta.org.
As of April 13, the group had delivered more than 13,400 masks, including N95
covers, to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and 50 other metro Atlanta health
care facilities. Bottom right: Volunteers at Nivel Manufacturing, the largest provider of golf car aftermarket parts and accessories in North America,
shifted efforts at its Cairo plant to produce protective masks.

KAYLA HITTIG

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esidents in Dunwoody are encouraging one
another while generating funds for struggling
artists and art teachers. The iconic "Everything Will Be OK" sign, created in 2009 by Atlanta
artist Jason Kofke, greets drivers and walkers as they
pass the Spruill Center for the Arts at Meadow Lane
and Ashford Dunwoody Road. The arts center and
CREATE Dunwoody, a partnership with the city of
Dunwoody to establish public art, have sold more
than 2,500 "Everything Will Be OK" yard signs, raising more than $40,000 for artist relief. For more info,
visit spruillarts.org.


http://www.spruillarts.org http://www.SMAHAtlanta.org

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