Donating Masks To Vernon Homes

Donating masks to Vernon Homes

With instructions for sewing your own

maskWe need masks now to protect our 120-person frontline team and residents. Masks of any type are appreciated, including homemade fabric masks.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has highly recommended that long-term care staff need to wear facemask at all times. Because our supply of disposable surgical masks is in critical supply, we are reaching out to friends to request donations of homemade reusable masks for use by our staff and residents.

Thank you to those who have already responded by donating 150 facemasks over the past few days. However, we will still need more that can be laundered and reused.

We do not have a specific facemask pattern or requirement, so please reference the section below from Dartmouth Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon NH.

Sewing fabric masks for donations

Join the national movement of volunteers who have started to sew masks. This generous outpouring is in response to the Center for Disease Control’s guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.

First, important infection prevention measures

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  2. Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?

If you answer “NO” to both questions, then proceed with making masks. If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks; call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.

Instructions for making fabric masks


  • 100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
  • 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
  • 1/8″, 1/4″, or 3/8” flat elastic, or 1/4” inch bias-tape

For specific dimensions refer to the written instructions (PDF).

Sewing instructions

If flat elastics are not available, make fabric ties
Sew fabric ties on the mask, one tie on each of the four mask corners. The four ties should be approximately 1/4” width, sewn so there are no frayed edges, and approximately 15” in length.

Dropping off masks
First enclose masks in re-sealable plastic bags.


  • Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Vernon Advent Christian Homes
|61 Greenway Drive
Vernon, VT 05354

Additional information
Contact Carrie Desmarais at 802.254.6041.

Thank you!

What They Say

“ You are all very compassionate and caring. We appreciate all that you did. ”

- Ruth Tripp and family

What They Say

“ The patient and loving way that everyone has is contagious. Thank you all. ”

- The Bologan Family

What They Say

“ As many of you know, my mom is not one to sugarcoat anything… in fact, she can be the first to complain… my mom regularly says that she is so grateful to be cared for by such a loving group of people. ”

- Lynna Jackson, daughter of Clara Stone

What They Say

“ I appreciate so much your arranging things for me so that I could get therapy at Vernon Green. My needs were attended to very professionally by your staff. I thank the Lord for your kind and compassionate heart as you faithfully lead the work of Vernon Home. ”

- Bill

What They Say

“ Words cannot say how much we appreciate your loving care for Mom, Grandma, Grammie. You all truly became her extended family. You brought out a social and spunky side of her that would have been missed by so many if we had tried to care for her at home. ”

- Mike & Jeanne Mears