April 11, 2020 4 min read 50 Comments

HAPPY TO HELP: DDR IS MAKING MASKS (AND MASK KITS!)

As the quarantine winds on for its umpteenth week, I think we’ve all experienced a wide range of emotions about it. Denial, disbelief, frustration, boredom, uncertainty, and even reflection and gratitude. But at this point, it seems we’ve all reached at least some degree of acceptance that this is our current reality and that it’s up to us if we want to flatten this curve and be allowed to gather again. So, we’re staying home, we’re washing our hands, and we’re keeping our distance when we must get out. But for some of us, it doesn’t quite feel like enough.

“We’re all so put in our places right now, and I personally, feel so helpless,” Audrey said. “I like to help when I can, and there’s so much going on, but I’ve felt like there’s not a lot that we can do to help. And that’s something that’s been weighing on our entire family, because generally, we’re helpers. We’re ‘do-ers’. I think it just kind of comes second-nature to us, because that’s just what we do. We grew up with that.”

And the McMullen sisters really do come by it honestly. It’s been modeled to them, perhaps to an extreme, for their entire lives. In fact, if you ask almost anyone, they’ll tell you that was part of Daddy Doug’s living legacy.

“When he passed, one of the things people said about him was that he’d give you the shirt off his back,” Hedy explained. “And he would. Mother really grew to love that part about him, because he was such a giver. And she’s a giver, too, but in kind of a different way.”

The ladies could regale you with tale after tale of their family caring for – and often pseudo-adopting – the less fortunate and those who had fallen on hard times. Some heartwarming, some hilarious, but all with a generous spirit.

“Daddy never actually said it, but looking back on it, I think it was because he knew what it was like to go without, or be apprehensive about paying the rent, or not being able to provide for the family,” Hedy said. “So I think whenever he saw people in need, he felt compassion toward them, and he felt like he was blessed to be able to give them something.

So, we started racking our brains for little ways we can contribute to the cause and contribute to the community; things we are blessed to have right now that we can give. It didn’t take too terribly long to make the obvious connection: we make clothes, we have access to cloth, and now everyone in the country is advised to wear a mask while in public – at the very least a cloth one, if you’re unable to procure a certified one. THIS is how we can help.

Unfortunately, we have very few seamstresses in Yoakum. So, while we will be offering SOME completed masks for purchase on the website, we feel our bigger contribution is to enlist our Wolf Pack of wonderful people – particularly those with the ability to sew – in an effort to help you help your community.

“What we are able to do right now, is to provide mask sewing kits,” Audrey said. “So what that means is, we are going to provide to anyone that wants one, pre-cut fabric to make 20 masks, along with the elastic and the sewing instructions. We’re providing the materials at no cost, all we’re asking is for you to pay the shipping to get it to you. And then you can get those twenty in, sew them, and then donate them to your local hospital, or nursing home, or family and friends, or whoever in your community needs them.”

We’ve had our team cutting fabric all week, and we expect our shipment of elastic to arrive in the next day or two, so we anticipate being able to bundle the kits and start shipping them out by the end of the week. We are still looking to widen our network of seamstresses in the area as well, but if you have the skills and the tools, we would love to provide you the materials to get more of these masks into the hands of folks who desperately need them. If you are interested, you can purchase your kit by clicking the "Self Sew Set of 20" link at the bottom of this article. If you need pre-sewn masks you can order by clicking on the "Mask, Cloth, Set of 3" link.

If you are not sew-savvy, we implore you to keep getting creative on ways you can bring goodness and joy into these trying times. Send a handful of uplifting and encouraging cards to the nursing home. Pick up the phone and call friends and family you haven’t spoken to in a while. If you’re able, help the elderly set up and utilize technology so that they may keep in touch with loved ones from a safe distance. Contribute to your local food pantries.

Just do what you can. Everything counts. Little, big; it all adds up, and everything matters in the end.



50 Responses

Elisabeth Blount
Elisabeth Blount

May 04, 2020

Very happy to put my new machine to work on this project-!!!
Wonderful idea…🙏💜🙏

Melisa Bedunah
Melisa Bedunah

April 17, 2020

It would be my pleasure to make and donate the masks.

Reba Thomas
Reba Thomas

April 17, 2020

The hardest part is cutting the fabric. I would love a kit to sew 20 masks to give out. I’ll be happy to pay the postage.

Reba Thomas
Reba Thomas

April 17, 2020

The hardest part is cutting the fabric. I would love a kit to sew 20 masks.

Alicia Morrison
Alicia Morrison

April 17, 2020

I didn’t see a link to order supplies for making masks. Can someone email me about that please? Thanks so much

Annie Davis
Annie Davis

April 17, 2020

How do I pay shipping for the mask kits? Please advise….appyannie74@gmail.com

Mark Boberick
Mark Boberick

April 17, 2020

Can you tell me please, the raw and finished sizes (assuming 6×8 raw and 4×8 finished) and if they are easily scaleable for younger children? Thank you

Vicki Marcus
Vicki Marcus

April 17, 2020

How do I order set of 20 masks to sew myself?

karen e greer
karen e greer

April 17, 2020

made over 300 and waiting for elastic. Keep up the good work and Hi to all

Laura Ponners
Laura Ponners

April 17, 2020

I would like to purchase 7 of these masks. No longer have a sewing machine.

Debbie Gregory
Debbie Gregory

April 17, 2020

What a great project ya’ll are doing! I ordered some today and am excited to receive and sew for my family and friends ! Because of the beautiful fabric prints, they For sure will be the prettiest out there . Thank you for doing this!

Dottie Marchand
Dottie Marchand

April 14, 2020

Please send me mask kit for 20 to sew.

Jean Manning
Jean Manning

April 13, 2020

You women are amazing !!!!!! God bless all of you and your employees. I would like to throw out that my co-workers with Child Protective Services in Guadalupe, Comal and Gonzales counties would appreciate one if there are any to spare. We are having to do face to face and not just virtual like the news reported. I dont have a sewing machine, otherwise I would be asking for a kit. But, if there aren’t enough, that’s ok too. We totally understand. Thanks again, over and over, you gals have earned your Angel wings and your Daddy is smiling down at you once again .

Mary Lou Kocian
Mary Lou Kocian

April 13, 2020

I would like to sew masks for others. How do I pay shipping for the kits?

Rebecca Binder
Rebecca Binder

April 13, 2020

I am a fairly decent seamstress and I would love to get some kits and get busy. Y’all are awesome for doing this!

Judy Matthew
Judy Matthew

April 13, 2020

I would love to have the kit to make some mask! Please let me know what I need to do❤️

Sue McHale
Sue McHale

April 13, 2020

I am unable to sew anymore because of hand tremors. This project would have been perfect for me to do. I am sad I cannot help. I do however need a mask. I have one paper mask I reuse to go out for walks. I would love to buy some for me and my husband. Thank you for doing this. You are indeed special.

Judy Soehnge
Judy Soehnge

April 13, 2020

I would like to get some of the kits to make masks. I just contacted my granddaughter who is a nurse practitioner in Houston and she said she and her colleagues could use these. I can sew so I can help. Since I live in yoakum would there be a pickup spot here

Kristin Sneden
Kristin Sneden

April 13, 2020

I would like to get the mask kits . Please let me know !

Debbie Menchaca
Debbie Menchaca

April 13, 2020

I would love some kits to make masks. Please let me know what the shipping cost is. God bless DD Ranch !

Karen Sparks
Karen Sparks

April 13, 2020

I definitely would like mask kits to sew. I have already sewn about 100 for medical facilities and cancer patients. I have totally ran out of elastic and can’t get any soon enough.

Karen Sparks
Karen Sparks

April 13, 2020

I definitely would like mask kits to sew. I have already sewn about 100 for medical facilities and cancer patients. I have totally ran out of elastic and can’t get any soon enough.

Sonya Bivings
Sonya Bivings

April 13, 2020

I have my sewing machine set up, and have been sewing mask for people who really need them in this BFE town. My mom is still having cemo, with a compromised immune system. So we are having to be even more careful, and strict with our mask situation. I would love to receive a precut pack to sew, and hand out.

Traci Webster
Traci Webster

April 13, 2020

I would love to help. I have been laid off work and need something constructive to do.

Traci Webster
Traci Webster

April 13, 2020

I would love to help. I have been laid off work and need something constructive to do.

Penny Kling
Penny Kling

April 13, 2020

Correction to my previous comment: While I do love to see, lol (but need to proofread), I also love to sew 😂 Hoping I can get a kit to help others get a mask. 😘

Paula Weightman
Paula Weightman

April 13, 2020

Would love to see some masks. How do I pay shipping?

Penny Kling
Penny Kling

April 13, 2020

I love to see and would be honored to help in any way! Please let me know how to get a kit to sew & give away! ♥️

Penny Kling
Penny Kling

April 13, 2020

I love to see and would be honored to help in any way! Please let me know how to get a kit to sew & give away! ♥️

Lois Osborn
Lois Osborn

April 13, 2020

Count me in…do I need to order the kits on the website or?

Stephanie Buchanan
Stephanie Buchanan

April 13, 2020

I want to help make masks for our community. How can I sign up and pay the shipping?
Blessings to you all.

Linda Huber
Linda Huber

April 13, 2020

Oh my gosh! You are the best!I just got a message from a friend who is a nurse and they are struggling in our area. Please bill me and ship. Just need directions.❤️❤️Blessings❤️

Linda Huber
Linda Huber

April 13, 2020

Oh my gosh! You are the best!I just got a message from a friend who is a nurse and they are struggling in our area. Please bill me and ship. Just need directions.❤️❤️Blessings❤️

Pam Sherman
Pam Sherman

April 13, 2020

I would be honored to make these masks to give away. Thank you for the generous opportunity to serve others. Please email the shipping cost. I am excited to take part in this small way.

Pam Sherman
Pam Sherman

April 13, 2020

I would be honored to make these masks to give away. Thank you for the generous opportunity to serve others. Please email the shipping cost. I am excited to take part in this small way.

Stacy Hagaman Reed
Stacy Hagaman Reed

April 13, 2020

I’d be happy to help sew and will pay shipping out here. I have been sewing for friends but am running low on spare fabric. Please let me know how I can pay shipping!

Beverly Rohde
Beverly Rohde

April 12, 2020

I would be happy to see some masks. Please let me know about the shipping. Thank you for doing this!

Karen Dye
Karen Dye

April 12, 2020

I would really like to do this also. How do we pay for shipping? Because of my immune system I have been unable to get supplies. Made a couple out of bandannas that I had.

Teresa Johnson
Teresa Johnson

April 12, 2020

I would move to help with sewing masks. Please send me the mask kits.

Judy
Judy

April 12, 2020

I would love to sew these masks! I have been praying about this!! So thank God for answered prayers!!’

Judy
Judy

April 12, 2020

I would love to sew these masks! I have been praying about this!! So thank God for answered prayers!!’

Amy Pike
Amy Pike

April 12, 2020

I have the sewing machine and am ready when you are! Just let me know!!

Cheryl Reader
Cheryl Reader

April 12, 2020

You continue to bless the community with your love and generosity. Thank you for your leadership.

Carol Stoneburner
Carol Stoneburner

April 12, 2020

I shall order a kit. I can still sew. Thank you for your kindness to others. After reading about your father, Doug…..I know his “gifts of the spirit” were Kindness and Caring.

Carina Spies
Carina Spies

April 12, 2020

I think this is so very special!! Thank you!!!♥️♥️♥️

Renee Price
Renee Price

April 12, 2020

I can sew and would be glad to help. How do I get my postage costs to you. Thanks for doing this

Kathleen Bergeron
Kathleen Bergeron

April 12, 2020

What a wonderful Easter message; thank you! I’d like to get one of the masks and a mask-making kit.

Doug & Rebecca Huebner
Doug & Rebecca Huebner

April 12, 2020

A wonderful project!

J.Lyn Henderson
J.Lyn Henderson

April 12, 2020

Please email when the mask kits become available

Jan Blitstein
Jan Blitstein

April 12, 2020

I read above that DD has SOME MASKS FOR SALE. I DESPERATELY WANT TO BUY A SET. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SEW ..BUT I’M A FOND CUSTOMER OF DD. ** CAN YOU PLEASE SPARE ONE SET OF THESE?? Kristen has contacted me before .. please let me know A.S.A.P. I need MASKS THAT ARE ALREADY SEWN (FINISHED) PROPERLY FOR USE over the ears. I KNOW I WILL GET A REPLY. Thanks so much. Worried Jan

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