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Sturgeon woman finds a way to help

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 6:06 am

Sturgeon’s Kelli Anthes sews masks to help MU Hospital

A single-story red brick house in Sturgeon, with the flag of the United States flying in its front yard, is one of the centers of resistance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost every evening, 15 or so hours a week, Kelli Anthes sits at a Singer Simple sewing machine, sewing.

She, with help from her daughter Reagan, a second-grade student at Hallsville Elementary School, with a little help from Kelli’s husband Erik, are making protective masks for the health-care workers at the University of Missouri Hospital.

Kelli Anthes sewing a protective mask for University Healthcare. Submitted photo

Kelli, who learned to sew from her grandmother, Willene Asbury and her mother, Deborah Stenger, has been sewing on and off since she was a member of the Hallsville 4-H a few decades ago.

Kelli, an eighth grade math teacher at Hallsville Middle School, has been sewing masks since early March. She sews cotton masks for personal use, and also volunteers by sewing medical masks for the University.

She averages 50 of the medical-grade masks a week, turning them in at drive-thru station at the hospital every Monday and picking up a kit to make 50 more.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard