GSSM Govie Kaylex Wilcox Makes Face Masks for Her Community

April 6, 2020

GSSM Govie, Kaylex Wilcox, has been extremely busy during her time at home, not only with academics but through helping her community as well.

Kaylex is a junior from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When things began to take a serious turn with COVID-19, Kaylex heard the news of the shortage of face masks in her community. Not only was there a shortage, but masks are only able to be used once before they are thrown away, resulting in a lot of waste. Kaylex saw a post on twitter encouraging people to make masks from fabric so that they can be worn over other masks to help cut down on the waste and save masks.

"My interim class, The Ethics of Fashion with Dr. Hall and Dr. Pitchford, has since motivated me to try to be more sustainable and encouraged me to make things by hand instead of buying," said Kaylex Wilcox. "I decided that this would be a really good project to test my skills, so the next day I went and got some fabric to make a few test runs. But I quickly realized that I probably wouldn’t be able to mass-produce these for hospitals and such as I had hoped to by just hand sewing."

Kaylex has now ordered a sewing machine to be able to produce larger quantities of masks, but in the meantime, she has continued to make masks by hand and give them to the women in her community who have been suffering from cancer, as well as people like her dad and his coworkers who have to go into work.

"I’m glad I’ve been able to help my community out, even if it’s just a handful of people, and I hope to be able to continue doing so."

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