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Mayo Clinic nurse uses passion for sewing to help others

Jaclyn Harold
Created: April 11, 2020 06:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Pam Lembke has been a nurse at the Mayo Clinic for over forty years. Although her job no longer deals with patient care, her passion for sewing is motivating her to help the community during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"My father said when I got into seventh grade and took home economics and learned how to sew he would buy me an electric sewing machine. So I did and he did, and I've been sewing every since," said Pam Lembke. 

"I just want to be someone who can provide a quality mask that protects our healthcare workers and their families," Lembke added.

Lembke says she heard that the hospital was running low on protective equipment. When masks and shields started going directly to personnel dealing with patients, her efforts went to making them for everyone else, "There are a lot of others in their area, the physicist, you know secretaries, receptionists. There's people that are in those hallways every day with the patients and they just don't have all the supplies."

Lembke used scrap materials and in three weeks she's sewn over eighty masks for family members, healthcare works and grocery workers. When started running out of mateirals she said made a call to the governor's office, "I'm putting an all cotton interfacing fusible interfacing on the inside so that when you're wearing this mask, you're not just getting the two layers of protection, you're getting four layers of protection." 

The latest executive order allows fabric stores to oppen and sell face masks materials. Lembke says now she has enough to make more than 100, "This was the gift I was given, and so I've got to use it."


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