Coral Springs resident gets to work making masks

Kyra Poulos of Coral Springs makes masks for those who need them most during the coronavirus pandemic

Kyra Poulos readily admits her kitchen table is “a mess” right now. But it’s with good reason. The table has become the center of operations for her efforts to make masks for health care workers and essential workers in South Florida and around the country.

Currently furloughed from her job as director of sales for Morlin Hospitality Group’s Hampton Inn & Suites and the Residence Inn (both in Coconut Creek), the Coral Springs resident made good use of the sewing skills that fuel her Etsy shop Sunday Southern, through which she’s sold notecards and cosmetics bags for 13 years. With plenty of fabric on hand, she announced on her Instagram page in late March that she was making masks for health care workers and invited commenters to message her with their needs.

Since then, she estimates she’s made from 350 and 400 masks. Of those, she’s donated to around 270 health care workers, essential workers and those with health concerns, including a Miami hospice, Florida Heart Institute, Memorial West in Pembroke Pines, Care Wellness Center in Margate, and JFK Medical Center in Lake Worth.

Locals have picked up donations from her no-contact pick-up station at her door. She’s sent other donations to 14 states, including Texas, Virginia, Georgia and Amita Health in Chicago.

“My husband’s been my logistics manager. He’s kept my dining room table very organized with each order and each request and each envelope,” says Poulos, who is overseeing her daughter’s kindergarten online learning while furloughed. “He’s been making all my labels, and running the postage, so that I can just keep sewing. This weekend [the first in April], I was probably up around 8 a.m. each day and I sewed each day until midnight, just taking breaks for meals.”

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the public start wearing masks, she added masks (which are made of 100% cotton that is machine washable) to her shop, which has been helpful to fund the donations to those who need it. (Several were bought for essential workers at a Sonic in Coral Springs.) She also recently joined a Facebook group called Florida Mask Makers.

“If I can spend a little time doing one thing that can make its way out of the house and help another person, it’s worth it—whether it’s someone just having peace of mind because they have to go to Costco and get something for their family, or if it’s a medical worker who needs an added layer of protection,” she says. “I like knowing that whoever’s wearing it, if nothing else, is taking one step closer to flattening our curve. That’s what really means the most.”

21 Comments
  • Nikki L
    Posted at 00:06h, 07 April Reply

    God bless her and her family. Thank you, Kyra. Thank you for helping to support our invaluable first responders and our community.

  • Joseph
    Posted at 01:48h, 07 April Reply

    Thank you for helping out. Greatly appreciated.

  • Mayama
    Posted at 12:34h, 07 April Reply

    Thanks for helping us when we need it the most. God bless you and your family!

  • Ethel Dunkley
    Posted at 18:44h, 07 April Reply

    How do I order for my self

  • Eduardo romero
    Posted at 19:38h, 07 April Reply

    Beautiful ,let me know how to get them Iwould happier to buy them.

  • Alexis C. Donkar
    Posted at 22:20h, 07 April Reply

    I would like to purchase several 3 to 5. Would gladly pay it offer a donation. Let me know. I will friend you in Facebook. By the way, this is John Donkar’s mom. Live what you are doing. Take care????

  • Zoé Espitaleta
    Posted at 22:24h, 07 April Reply

    Where can I buy it

  • Ric Iervasi
    Posted at 22:28h, 07 April Reply

    Way to go…great job making surgical masks. How can I make a purchase. Please let me know. In need of surgical mask. I’m a care taker for my 83 yr old mom. Thanks ric

  • Charmaine Robinson
    Posted at 22:38h, 07 April Reply

    How do i get intouch with kyra

  • Lynn Bey
    Posted at 23:06h, 07 April Reply

    I thank God for your Caring heart
    And working hands
    I went to the store the other day and everyone had a mask but me I felt so isolated and alone it was as if I didn’t get the memo but I just didn’t know where to get a mask from
    I pray God continue to bless the works of your hands

  • Debe Deshaies
    Posted at 23:49h, 07 April Reply

    Hello, from port st Lucie….
    What a great idea . Thank you for you care and thoughtfulness. I’d love to have one and just so encouraged by your idea. Deb

  • Beth Henry
    Posted at 13:53h, 08 April Reply

    Love. I thought of doing this myself but I’m sure my sewing skills are nowhere near Kyra’s. Kyra, if you share a tutorial I’ll be happy to help.

  • Gregory
    Posted at 16:38h, 08 April Reply

    Any help needed please feel free to ask! May God bless you!

  • Roberta Feiler
    Posted at 17:35h, 08 April Reply

    Hi Kyra! Are they washable? Do they have washable filters? How much are they? I’m so excited for you & myself! I do home organizing & have been selling essentials to my elderly neighbors at cost to help them through this time. How much are they?

  • Jacquelyn Thompson
    Posted at 18:25h, 08 April Reply

    Hello, how much are your mask?

  • Melissa Purtill
    Posted at 02:49h, 09 April Reply

    I’ve been looking for a washable reusable mask that I can get right away. Amazon isn’t able to deliver until June…I sure hope I won’t need it then. Where can I buy a few of your masks?

    • Melissa Purtill
      Posted at 02:53h, 09 April Reply

      Oh, by the way, I’m 60 and asthmatic, so I’m really scared to get sick. I live with my daughter and 2 grandkids who I’m helping take care of.

  • Bay Villas
    Posted at 02:28h, 10 April Reply

    Would like to purchase a few masks for pick up

  • Morgia Lewis
    Posted at 19:06h, 13 April Reply

    Hello dear I am a care giver l would love to purchase some masks

  • IRIS GLASSMAN
    Posted at 00:57h, 15 April Reply

    My God bless you and your family. I live in an assisted living facility. I wish I could more than thank, bless, and pray for everyone. So, THANK YOU, BLESS YOU, YOU ARE NOW IN MY PRAYERS.

  • Frank Rhoden PA
    Posted at 11:07h, 12 May Reply

    Beautiful How do I get a Mask?

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