BETHESDA, MD — Two week ago, 89-year-old Dan Willkens didn’t know how to sew. Now, he sits hunched over his daughter’s Bernina sewing machine, crafting fabric face coverings to help shield hospital staff from the coronavirus.
“This is my first attempt,” Willkens told Patch. “I learned by watching my wife (sew) for 60 years, (as well as) my five daughters.”
Willkens — who lives with his daughter, Diane, in Chevy Chase — is homebound during the outbreak. With more time on his hands, he’s hoping to do what he can to help the local community.
“We’ve got a whole basement full of fabric,” he said. “From what I hear, I won’t be out on the street for another couple of months. I need something to do and there is a great need for masks.”
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