Jefferson Washington Township Emergency Department Staff Get Comfy with Special Headbands for Mask Wearing

May 12, 2020headbands

It all started with a friend’s post on Facebook, looking for cotton stretch headbands that could be given to hospital workers so that wearing  a face mask would be more comfortable.

West Chester, PA, resident Rebeca Lacusky saw the post and immediately responded. She had a stash of headbands at home that she’d planned to embroider a while back. She immediately donated them.

Lacusky then decided to keep going, making more headbands for healthcare workers. Before long, she had posted on her own Facebook page to get the word out. Soon, people started donating money to help her effort; others signed up to help sew them: “It’s pretty easy; I provide the pre-made headband and people just need to sew the buttons on.” Before long, she had nearly 10 helpers, not to mention her teenaged daughter and her daughter’s friends. Rebeca even created and posted an instructional YouTube Video for would-be sewers interested in helping out. To date, some 1,000 headbands have been made and sent to hospitals throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.

“It just sort of snowballed,” Rebeca said. “It’s an easy thing to do that makes wearing a mask more comfortable because it doesn’t have to hook around your ears. The mask’s elastic straps go around the buttons, making it easier to wear a mask for a long period of time.”

Jefferson Washington Township’s Emergency Department received dozens of these masks through a connection made by Rebeca’s friend, Gina Colley- Holgate, a neighbor of ED physician Dr. Adam Richards, and one of the headband “seamstresses.” The Jefferson ED staff is thrilled with this new fashion statement – and the comfort it affords! Thanks, Rebeca and friends!