Seniors sew face masks for community and medical workers

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Social distancing is especially tough for those in assisted and independent living facilities.  No visitors are allowed, but residents are trying to stay positive and keep busy.

The Westhills Village Retirement Community is home to over 300 seniors.

With the help of the activities coordinator, a few residents formed “The Rosies,” named after Rosie the Riveter.

Together The Rosies sew protective face masks for their fellow residents and the staff. They have also donated some to the local medical community.

“As we began to sew, more people came, more people got involved and more people wanted to help. So some cut and some sewed and we produced the 400 masks they asked for,” says resident, Betty Richards.

Residents are also volunteering in other ways around Westhills Village.

“So they go around wiping the handrails and high touch areas and that helps a lot,” says Connie Forstner, with Marketing. “We even have a group of residents now that volunteer to take meals to other residents,” she says.

Even though quarantining isn’t always easy, residents say they’re making the best of the situation, by finding new ways to spend their time.

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