BRAC, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge unite to deliver 500 surgical gowns


Photo courtesy of the Sewing Safe Project.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber partnered with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge to launch the Sewing Safe Project to create surgical gowns. The project yielded 500 gowns this week that will go to Baton Rouge General to help meet the need for gowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will deliver an additional 300 gowns within the next 10 days, and 100 more gowns will go to Woman’s Hospital, according to Kelly Bienn of BRAC.

Other local groups have joined the Arts Council and BRAC in their efforts to carry out the project.

Knock Knock Children’s Museum served as a pick up and drop off location for materials. Thompson Pipe Company and BRCC conformed and cut original patterns for the first order, according to Bienn.

Items including shoe covers, masks and caps can be created upon request, and the Arts Council is taking requests from Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Feliciana and West Baton Rouge parishes.

Those who are sewing the items include professional textile artists, local quilting guilds, people who sew as a hobby and furloughed employees, Bienn wrote.

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