The enormity of a global pandemic can make some feel helpless. A team of women at Springboro First United Methodist Church decided to push that feeling aside and launch a project.
Two or three women began to make masks. The Rev. Amy Haines, lead pastor,said, "I don't remember when it started, but based on the church Facebook activity, it began in early March. People felt the need to do something. Making masks was something they could do."
The masks have been made for church members, community members, Miami Valley Hospital and the clergy family.
This ministry has touched people outside of Ohio. A member who moved to Austin, Texas, contacted the church to help a nursing home. Sixty masks were sent.
"We don't charge for our masks," Haines said. "Any donations go back into the materials needed." Approximately 600 masks have been made to date.
In addition to the mask ministry, Haines has moved her youth meetings to Zoom. She recently offered a well-received drive-thru prayer opportunity.
Asked how the mask ministry has changed her members, Haines said, "Those making the masks ... know they are making a difference for others. It's a way of caring for our neighbors."