All across the nation, many healthcare workers are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment, including face masks.
But many people have taken up the task of sewing masks as donations for healthcare workers, and one company in Ida Grove is part of the action.
Midwest Industries is a manufacturer in Ida Grove, Iowa.
Jeff Ogren, the Human Resource Manager at Midwest Industries, said when the COVID-19 pandemic began, their company saw a downturn in business.
But they decided to take that opportunity to turn a negative into a positive, and help local healthcare workers.
They said they reworked their sewing room, where they usually sew Shore Station Boat Lift Canopies, to now sew face masks instead.
"I know the folks in the sewing room are proud of what they're doing to be able to help out you know our local medical folks and their community. We're a small community, so it's important that we play a role like this in times that need it" said Jeff Ogren, Human Resource Manager at Midwest Industries.
Ogren said they teamed up with Horn Memorial Hospital to make it all possible, and they're just happy to be able to help the community in some way during this difficult time.
Ogren said the sewing machines were donated by the Odebolt Arthur Battle Creek Ida Grove Community School District.