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#PETALUMAPROUD of KC GREANEY & Friends for Sewing Masks & Medical Gowns

Kudos to Petaluma resident KC Greaney, a recently retired SRJC administrator who is making us #Petaluma Proud by bringing the fabric of our community together.

It all started when Greaney saw a Facebook post from a nurse friend who was spending off hours making her own PPE gown and mask.

Her first reaction was shock. Then she thought, “Wait a minute! I can sew while SIP!” She sent out a plea on Facebook for local volunteers who would be willing to join the cause.

Thus began a grass-roots movement that has grown to twenty-two Petaluma-based “sewists,” who have never met in person, making hundreds of medical gowns and masks—with more in the works.

Greaney’s friends Lynn Haggerty-King (wife of Petaluma Councilman David King), and Lisa Eldredge (retired regional costume designer) also answered the call, and the three began collaborating. Greaney focused on organizing the mask makers, and the other two coordinated the gown sewists.

So far, Greaney and her team have supplied 250 urgently needed masks to C.O.T.S. (Committee On The Shelterless) for the local homeless population, and 100 masks to Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC). Currently she is filling an order for 300 masks from PEP Housing which provides and manages low-income housing for vulnerable Petaluma seniors.

“It’s amazing what a difference we can make with just needles and thread,” remarks Greaney. “This group of strangers has come together to answer a pressing need using donated resources and time. It’s absolutely amazing!”

Thank you KC, Lynn, and Lisa for stitching our community together—one mask and gown at a time.

KC Greaney at her sewing machine
photo of David King in medical gown
photo of medical masks
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