BAYONNE, NJ - A sewing machine that had been collecting dust in Patricia Hosmer’s closet has become another critical tool in efforts to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in the city that she has called home all her life.

Telling TAPinto Bayonne that the Bayonne Mask-ER-Aid movement she helped launch with her daughter, Rebecca, was an effort of “intention” not for “attention,” Hosmer, a forensic science and biology teacher at Bayonne High School seemed much more comfortable talking about the students she is missing than the work itself.

“I’m trying to be there for them, showing compassion and love, doing all the things teachers can do to make virtual learning a little bit easier for them,” Hosmer said, adding that she sends her students a daily video just to maintain the “personal interaction.”

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“We are all trying to create a positive experience under trying circumstances,” she said of her fellow educators.

Reluctantly turning her attention back to the production and donation of more than 1,000 masks to workers including at McCabe Ambulance, the Bayonne Board of Education, Costco, and the Bayonne Department of Public Works, Hosmer said that the 20 or so volunteers that have done everything from source materials, to sew, to getting the masks in the right hands are all “Bayonne people that care about our town.” 

For her part, Rebecca, a master's degree students at NJCU and kindergarten teacher's aide at Midtown School, has plenty of experience with philanthropic work, but never sewing, her mother said. "Now she's sewing away," Patricia said.

“We wanted to help our community by giving frontline workers whatever they need to stay safe and flatten the curve,” Hosmer said. “We want to help those that are risking their lives for us.”

Another 90 set to be delivered Friday to Bayonne Medical Center.

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