Sandoval Co. group seeking cloth donations to make masks

Coronavirus New Mexico

PLACITAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A group of mask makers in Placitas is asking for the public’s help so they can continue their work.

About 50 people who call themselves the “Sandoval Mask Makers” are asking for 100% cotton tight-weave fabric and elastic.

They’ve sewn and delivered 1,600 masks to local paramedics and medical centers, grocery stores, the Navajo Nation and Albuquerque police.

“It’s not like a certain amount of fabric will fill the need,” said a member of the group Connie Falk. “There’s a website called and if you’re a medical organization that needs masks, you can go on there and register. And in New Mexico, there are hundreds of masks needed.”

They say they can make at least 500 a week but they need more cloth and material for the straps.

“There’s a nationwide shortage of elastic now so a lot of our masks are made with twill tape straps or with fabric or even bed sheets in some cases,” Falk stated. “There’s a surgical mask… and then there’s what’s called an Olson mask which has a pocket for a filter so you can put in a filter or remove a filter so we’re also making those. We’re also making masks that have nose bridges and those have a piece of metal so it’ll fit tightly across your nose.”

To anyone wanting to make a monetary or fabric donation can email Falk at

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