Austin Avenue Church of Christ member Carolyn Rogers said she and her friends from the church don’t have the expertise to combat COVID-19.

But Rogers and fellow church members Janice Horton, Julie Washburn, Darlene Gressett and Darla Keesee have found something they can do.

Working in their homes, the ladies are making masks for distribution to medical providers and nursing homes in the area. They have even distributed in San Angelo. They are also donating masks to businesses, Rogers said.

Using 100 percent cotton fabric of the type used by quilters and elastic, the ladies have made more than 400 masks. Rogers described the effort as a ministry.

Rogers said the ladies mobilized after hearing about the need from Brownwood pediatrician Dr. Scot Morris.

Rogers and Horton said the ladies have a need in order to continue making the masks: elastic, which, they said, is hard to find. Elastic that is a quarter-inch wide is the preferred size, although one-eighth or three-eighths-inch elastic can also be used, the women said.

They are asking that anyone who has elastic they can donate to contact Rogers at 325-998-0268.

When asked what motivates her to make the masks, Horton said, "I know there’s a need and I’m able to do that. This is something I can do."

Horton added, "we’re not looking for any glory. We’re looking for elastic. That’s what we need."