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Fort Wayne church group sews 200+ face masks for hospital workers

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A Fort Wayne church group sewed more than 200 face masks for hospitals in the Summit City.

A sewing group at the Emmanuel Community Church started creating the masks on Friday.

The church is located at 12222 W US-24, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Kris Hittler organized the sewing group. She said the group was created in 2012. Hittler said the group creates shorts and dresses for orphanages in other countries. She said the group has also traveled to different countries to teach women how to sew in order to help them find jobs.

"We want them to know that not only America cares about them and loves them, but Jesus loves them just as much," Hittler said.

Several health officials have shared that face masks are running low in hospitals.

When Hittler heard about the shortage, she said 23 women decided to volunteer their time and supplies to create masks.

"We found the supplies, we had the workers, we distributed things and boom, Saturday morning people started sewing," Hittler said.

Hittler said the group of women made more than 200 masks and donated all of them to Lutheran and Parkview hospitals.

"We're going to make them as long as they need them and as long as we can get supplies," said Hittler.

Hittler told Fort Wayne's NBC that some of the materials that they use such as wires and elastic bands are sold out at stores and online.

If you'd like to help create face masks or donate materials to help the women create the masks, please click here.

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Louie Tran

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