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Ways 2 Help: Tulsa Ballet Makes Masks for Healthcare Workers

Posted at 7:18 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 09:59:43-04

TULSA, Okla. — People across Green Country are stepping up to help in the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Tulsa Ballet is one of the organizations donating their time and resources to help make masks for healthcare workers.

“This is something that’s really good for us to stay busy since our productions have been postponed for now, and we are using resources that we already have here in the shop,” said Tori Highfill, wardrobe supervisor for the Tulsa Ballet.

Costume designers hope to have 300 masks made by the end of the week.

“They are all 100 percent cotton. They are breathe-able," Highfill said. "These are not the N-95 rated masks. They are not for COVID patients or doctors working with COVID patients. These are just for hospital general needs."

Marcello Angelini is the creative director of the Tulsa Ballet and says the decision to help was easy.

“The reason we are doing it is very simple. The Tulsa Ballet has been the recipient of so much generosity from so many people throughout so many decades," Angelini said. "So, now is our opportunity to give back to the community that has supported us throughout 63 years.”

“The reason we are doing it is so we’ve actually had some hospitals reach out to us for help. We have the Healthy Minds policy initiative that started this, and we really got the ball rolling after they contacted us. Hillcrest in Henryetta contacted us looking for donations and then also another Hillcrest in Tulsa,” Highfill said.

If you would like to learn how to make face masks, click here. If you would like to provide a donation to the Tulsa Ballet, click here.

We are working to find out from hospitals how they can accept these donations and what to do if you make some of these masks.

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