NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Adams Fine Clothing in New Providence has expanded their mask-making operation by partnering with the New Providence Lions Club. While the partnership enables an increase in mask production as well as expanding the reach of the program to include healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 virus in the hardest hit areas of the tri-state, your help is still needed.  

This endeavor began over two weeks ago when Joe Savino, the owner of Adams Fine Clothing, was approached by Elise Sherman of Chatham to make masks for our area Atlantic Healthcare System hospitals.

Savino issued a request for material donations on various local Facebook pages as well as on TAPinto New Providence, donations began to immediately pour in. “I saw the TAP article and thought, this guy needs help,” said Linda Kale. Kale, a volunteer sewer, reached out to Savino to lend a helping hand but became quickly overwhelmed when she found herself coordinating volunteers, laundering donated sheets, sending materials out to be cut and recollecting them only to send them back out to be sewn. “I needed help. I was using all my time coordinating and not sewing, so I reached out to The New Providence Lions Club. They are the best group of people I have ever worked with. They came through in an amazing way”.    

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After coming on board, the New Providence Lions Club reached out to their fellow Summit Lions Club for additional help.  The Summit Lions wholeheartedly stepped up to offer volunteers and monetary support. “I want to thank John Schweska, President of Summit Club, and his members for acting quickly and decisively on this urgent need,” said Ed Morgan, President of the New Providence Lions Club. Members immediately set out to manage the groups’ logistics, solicit donations and locate volunteers to sew, cut fabric and distribute finished masks as well as mask kits. 

Savino’s goal was met in just three days, the first round of masks were donated to Atlantic Healthcare Services, the Acme in New Providence and Stop n’ Shop in Berkeley Heights.  Next, they decided to set their sights on filling the gaps where supplies are needed the most. Morgan explained, “we had field intelligence from Summit resident Pam Leitz-Bouren, an executive at Medtronic, a medical equipment company that hospitals in Flushing and Jamaica Queens, NY were in dire need of supplies.” 

Kale said, “We desperately need more people to sew and materials, especially elastic grosgrain ribbon and flannel. I have been using the elastic from donated fitted sheets. We are making due with what we have because of the delay in getting elastic that we have ordered.” 

The need for electronic donations was also quickly realized, Morgan explained, “smartphones and tablets are being used to facilitate communication between patients and their loved ones.  Doctors and nurses, who must remain quarantined after their shifts are using them to communicate with their families. In many cases, the healthcare workers have not seen their family in weeks.  Baby monitors are also needed because makeshift hospital beds and ICU units are being created all over the hospital, including hallways and cafeterias. Healthcare workers are spread thin and they need the monitors to keep track of their patients in this extended setting.” On Saturday, The New Providence Lions Club facilitated the donation and delivery of 20 tablets to New York City Hospitals from a major wireless carrier. However, the donation of electronic devices is still greatly needed. 

The effort does not stop here. The group is desperately seeking local volunteers and donations to help them with their mission to serve those that are in the most need during the pandemic.

How can you help? (https://nplions.org/community/services.php)

  • Volunteer!

    • People to sew from the comfort of your own home (urgent need!)

    • People to cut fabric from the comfort of your own home

    • To volunteer, call or email Ed Morgan (908)472-7281, esmorg@verizon.net

  • Make a Donation in the form of Materials for Masks

    • ¼’’ or ⅜’’ grosgrain ribbon (urgent need!) 

    • New flannel sheets or fabric

    • New 100% cotton sheet or fabric

    • Rope or ¼’’ flat elastic

    • Donated materials and supplies can be left, any time, in a drop off box located outside of Adams Fine Clothing at 1275 Springfield Avenue in New Providence.  

  • Donate an Electronic Device

    • Smartphones (new or functioning)

    • Tablets (wi-fi capable)

    • Baby Monitors

    • Donations can be left in a drop off box, during business hours, located outside of Adams Fine Clothing at 1275 Springfield Avenue in New Providence.  

  • Make a Monetary Donation (PayPal) (https://nplions.org/members/donation.php)

    • To source materials and other expenses