Using Their Sewing Skills, Two Montco Women Became Early COVID-19 Heroes

Ken Knickerbocker

Two Montgomery County women became early COVID-19 heroes by using their sewing skills to help frontline workers and the community, writes Melissa Jacobs for the Main Line Today.

When Gov. Tom Wolf announced stay-at-home orders for parts of the region, Lindsay Gradel, owner of Sew Much Cooler in Narberth, looked up the online guidelines for making COVID-19 face masks, dipped into her stash of leftover fabric, and started sewing.

“My husband said, ‘What are you going to do?’ I said, ‘I’m going to sit down and sew,’” said Gradel.

Mary Beiter of Skippack had the same idea. A maternity nurse for three decades, Beiter was spending her retirement working on window treatments for her burgeoning business. She also had fabric and knew how to sew.

Both women made face masks and donated them to those who needed it most at the start of the outbreak – healthcare workers, caregivers, and first responders – at no cost.

And while they did a lot of good for others, Beiter said they also did something good for themselves.

“It gave us a purpose during this bad time,” she said.

Read more about the two women’s efforts at the Main Line Today by clicking here.

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