UTC student sews handmade masks to help with shortage


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — As COVID-19 continues to spread, hospitals can’t meet the demand they need for masks.

One UTC student is using her recently found free time to help.

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Elise Halcomb is sewing reusable cotton masks for those that need protection from the virus.

Halcomb layers the fabric and reinforces every stitch to make sure the masks are as secure as possible.

She says she stocked up on supplies before the retail stores closed.

“I just saw a bunch of other people making them, and I know that there was a shortage at the hospitals,” Halcomb said. “My mom works at the Alexian Village up on the mountain, and she told me that for a few days the nurses didn’t even have masks there because there was a shortage. So I wanted to make some, and I’m donating some and selling some to some friends that want any.”

If you’d like to purchase a mask or donate to the cause, you can email Halcomb directly at elisesews@gmail.com.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."