Because healthcare providers are facing such a massive shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment), Rebecca Lawrence, head deaconess at the West County church in Chesterfield, Missouri, has been providing handmade fabric masks to providers in her area.

Each mask features a washable felt filter and is accompanied by a note letting the recipient know they have been and will continue to be prayed for.

“It has been exciting to help others,” Rebecca said. “When one of the nurses received hers, she immediately sent us a picture of her modeling it.”

Rebecca and her family made and sent 16 masks to a group of physical therapists at a local retirement home. “They had nothing but their own homemade masks,” she said. “Our masks are much more protective than what they had been using. They are working with a vulnerable population, and we are thrilled that our masks may help to protect not only the PTs, but their elderly patients as well.”