Edmond family spending time at home making masks for healthcare workers

Local
Data pix.

EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) - While many kids are at home playing video games or talking on the phone with friends, one metro family decided they wanted to do more—they’re making masks for people in the medical field.

“Non-stop. We have an assembly line,” said Amanda Kerley.

Even though they’re stuck at home, Austyn Kerley and his mom, Amanda, have been hard at work helping others.

“This is the mask,” Amanda said.

The pair putting their sewing skills to the test making these masks for the ones who need it most.

“She said, ‘I’m going to make masks.’ And then I asked her if I could help her make them or make them,” Austyn said.

You may remember Austyn from previous stories here on News 4. Back in 2018 he was badly injured in a jeep accident. His grandfather lost his life while shielding Austyn from the fall.

Austyn went through a number of surgeries, even having his spleen removed. That’s why he’s one of the people who has to be extra careful not to be exposed to Covid-19.

But that’s not stopping him from wanting to help out.

“You did our story. You know Austyn spent several weeks in the hospital,” Amanda said. “It’s very important that as they’re serving our needs, that we do something back.” 36:54

They got the idea from a friend who was doing the same. Austyn already knew how to sew and jumped at the chance.

“It makes me feel good about how people will be using these for protecting themselves from getting sick. And it lets me know that I’m not wasting my time doing something because it’s actually going to a good cause,” Austyn said.

You can see a wide variety of designs they’ve already made.

“It ties so that they can make it tight or not tight. And then we didn’t sew the top,” Amanda said.

The pocket is left open so nurses and doctors can put another material on the inside to help better shield their mouths from pathogens.

The pair has already made 29 masks to donate. And don’t plan on stopping there.

“Keep going until we run out of supplies,” Austyn said.

Coronavirus Resources from the CDC

Latest Announcements
About Coronavirus
Human Coronavirus Types
References and Links
Latest Announcements
About Coronavirus
Human Coronavirus Types
References and Links

Coronavirus Oklahoma Interactive Map (click on a county to see statistics)

Local

More Local

National News

More National

Washington D.C.

More Washington DC Bureau

In Your Corner

More In Your Corner

Your Local Election HQ

More Your Local Election HQ

Tracking Coronavirus in the U.S.

graphic with open for takeout or delivery

Latest News

More News

Popular

KFOR Podcasts

More Podcasts

Follow @KFOR on Twitter