After Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo required that those going out in public wear face masks in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, it was quickly realized that many of those most needing masks did not have access to them.

Therefore, Hope Disaster Recovery, a network of faith communities, businesses and organizations rebuilding homes and lives in Northwest Harris County following disasters, put out the call for volunteers to sew or put together masks at home.

Atascocita United Methodist Church quickly answered the call, with congregants getting out their needles, thread and sewing machines as well as their creativity. As of last week, they had created close to 200 masks and are continuing to welcome contributions.

“We want to make and donate as many as we can!” said organizers Susan and Rick Cade. “If you are able to make masks, please contact us to coordinate a pick-up time.”

Said Madeline Christensen, director of communications at the church, “AUMC is known for having a heart for local missions. The masks will be distributed to those without access to masks in Harris County through the Hope 
Disaster Recovery ‘Masks For All’ campaign.”

One of the many mask-makers, Sue Schreiner, said, “We’re making our community safer one mask at a time.”
There is still time to make masks and contribute them for distribution. A clearly marked collection bin is located on the breezeway outside AUMC. The address is 19325 Pinehurst Trail Drive in Atascocita, or they can be reached by phone at 281-852-100. The website is aumc.org.

The Cades can be contacted by email for pickup of masks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If in need of masks, please fill out a care request form at aumc.org/healthandsafety.

Sarah Mertins
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I grew up on a farm in New Mexico and miss eating hot chile and having four seasons. I didn't start college until I was already a mother and double majored in English and anthropology. I received an Honors B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and was named “Outstanding Student” in English. My honors thesis is titled “The Enduring and Ever-Changing Legend of La Llorona.” I worked as a police reporter for a bit before staying home in Kingwood to raise my two daughters. My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.

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