WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle is imploring residents to help create gowns for medical workers in desperate need of personal protective equipment.

“WE NEED GOWN DONATIONS!” Brindle wrote on her Facebook page over the weekend. “Calling all tailors, seamstresses and amateur sewers! Some of our long-term care facilities are in desperate need of gowns which they have not been able to procure on their own. We’re looking for volunteers who would be willing to make some of these gowns and/or donate fabric.”

Brindle suggested using a sample pattern found here on the website for Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop to create the gowns.

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“Ideal fabric is a cotton/poly blend but all-cotton would be fine, too,” Brindle wrote.

Donation bins are set out at Westfield Police Headquarters, she said. Other personal protective equipment items for medical workers, including masks, are also being accepted there.

More information about how to participate in the town's efforts will be announced, Brindle said.

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