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With the woodshop at CC Young Senior Living closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Woodies have traded their power tools for sewing machines to make face masks for residents and nonprofits in need.

The handy group that assists residents and administrators with building projects at CC Young isn’t used to being idle. Unable to spend time in the woodshop, members grew restless. That’s when they hatched a plan to stay busy and continue their mission of helping others by making cloth face masks.

The retooled Woodies have made 300 masks, a third of which will be donated to the SoupMobile and distributed to the homeless.

Many CC Young residents have contributed to the project by donating sewing machines or supplies, such as thread and elastic. But obtaining the fabric for the masks proved difficult.

The Woodies ordered some online, but it never arrived. Instead, they used blue surgical towels that they had in the woodshop for the exterior fabric. The interior was made from a large box of orange T-shirts that CC Young found and donated to the Woodies. When the Woodies ran out of elastic, CC Young again donated large rubber bands for the ear loops.

The group established an assembly line, with one member cutting the fabric, another ironing and another sewing. Woodies founder Fred Christen said the group will continue making masks as long as there is a need.