In living rooms across the country volunteers have taken to mask making, which feels a bit like the 1940s war effort, only this fight is slightly different. At a time when some may feel helpless, our neighbor and friend, Jeanne Beck, has taken to her sewing machine in a nationwide effort to help support our country’s medical personnel. Established by Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, the project provides materials to individuals through their 850 stores to make 100 million masks. To date more than 33 million masks have been made.

“I have been picking up kits at the Joann Fabric and Craft Store in McMinnville, sewing the masks, and then returning them to the store so that it can distribute them.  To date, the store has distributed the masks to the Willamette Valley Medical Center, the federal prison in Sheridan, and retirement homes in the area.”

Her husband, David Beck, is especially excited about his wife being a part of the next generation of Riveters. His mother was a Rosie the Riveter in the WWII.  She made radar parts in a factory in PA in ’43.  Also, a few years ago, his sister Judy joined the effort and started a Rosie the Riverter garden in Durango, Colorado planting the “Rosie the Riveter” Rose that was developed for the occasion.

So, we are at war again, and Jeanne is our new Rosie. Click here to learn more about this program.