Danvers woman sews 400 masks for first responders (Danvers Herald, May 13, 2020)
A Danvers woman is making sure first-responders are covered and colorful.
Shannon Duffy, owner of JoatmonCreations.com, has crafted and donated close to 400 cloth masks for organizations such as Beth Israel, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, and others out of state.
Previously, JoatmonCreations was Duffy’s online craft store for some moonlighting money on the side. Now, however, it’s become her way of giving back while practicing her craft by creating masks. Joathmon is a short-hand for “jack of all trades, master of none” and her website sell a variety of items from bags to jewelry.
“When word got out that hospitals were in dire need of PPE, I saw several people online posting that they were going to make fabric masks to help out,” she said. “I have four sewing machines, including one that belonged to my late mother-in-law who was a nurse, so it just made since to jump in.”
She’s also crafted and donated scrub caps and headbands for nurses as well.
As with most folks, Duffy works by day remotely 0as an administrative assistant while helping to her 11-year-old son, Connor, with his schoolwork. By night, however, the sewing machines rev to life.
“My dining room table is set up with my laptop on the right end and my sewing machine on the left, so at 5 p.m. I move from one seat to the other and start sewing,” she said. “Many nights I am up until 1 a.m., then I get up and sew a little more until my work day starts at 8 a.m.”
The main challenge Duffy said she’s facing now is keeping up with social distancing.
“Number one would be not being able to hug my family,” she said. “We have been able to see my parents, sister, and brother-in-law a couple of times, but is tough to have to be so physically distant from them.”
For more information about JoatmonCreations, visit JoatmonCreations.com.