Local tailor donates hundreds of masks to protect frontline workers

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A local seamstress is donating as many facemasks as she can to area hospitals, nursing homes and first-responders.

Master tailor Roxana Robles and her daughter Michelle sew cotton facemasks to donate to medical workers and first-responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Couture Tailoring by Roxana Robles in Waco)

Roxana Robles and her daughter Michelle have spent the last several days designing and sewing masks at her tailoring shop in Waco.

"As soon as I heard that the doctor's and nurses need the masks, I quickly contacted them and I offered my service for them," said Robles, owner of Couture Tailoring by Roxana Robles. "It's the least I could do for the people who risk their well-being by taking care of those who are ill, for the already infected, the doctors, police, and first-responders."

Robles, a master tailor, says they're hoping to make about 500 masks.

However, like medical supplies, she says sewing materials are also running low.

"If I find more material then I will do more, but supply is running low, so it's a bit difficult," she said. "I am making as much as I can."

She's making the facemasks out of 100 percent cotton fabric which she washes ahead of time to ensure they don't shrink.

"I'm here helping, and I'm glad that I can help them," she said.