Critical medical gear is in short supply nationwide, and one Pocatello woman is busting out her sewing machine to help.

Linda Davies got started making face masks after seeing that a local home healthcare business needed them. 

She decided to help, and also posted on Facebook to see if anyone else needed masks. The Facebook post blew up. She's now sewed about 20 masks, and plans to keep going.

Davies says she's not the only one taking on the project, and stores are even running out of the elastic needed to make the masks. 

According to Davies, it's an easy way to help. All she had to do was find a simple pattern, and then do some easy sewing. 

Davies says the masks may not be perfect, but they're better than nothing 

"You know we're all community minded, we all want to help our communities,” says Davies.

“Some of us just don't know where to start. So it was an easy decision for me to be able to start making the masks."

Davies says more organization is needed to get the homemade masks into the hands of people who need them. She hopes a drop off location can be organized so the whole process is more streamlined.

If you're interested in getting involved, email Davies at


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