Winthrop DAR Member Sewing Masks for Healthcare and Essential Workers

Winthrop resident Susan Gerow is lending a helping hand to healthcare and other essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic, ensuring that local residents and facilities have more protective wear resources to face the threat of the COVID-19. Gerow, vice regent of the Boston Tea Party Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) responded to the medical mask shortage by sewing over 130 masks to donate to local essential workers in the most need.

Gerow donated to a medical facility in Pennsylvania and a hospice in Western Massachusetts in addition to her fellow Winthrop residents in need.

“As a longtime Winthrop resident, I welcome the opportunity to support friends, family and neighbors,” said Gerow. “And a member of the DAR, I’m glad I can work to prevent the spread of the virus in other states as well.“

Nationwide, DAR chapters from all 50 states have been participating in the organization’s Service to America From Home initiative with more than 200,000 masks already being donated and tens of thousands more produced every day to be distributed in local communities. Members in Massachusetts have sewn over 2500.

Those who would like to request a mask made by a DAR member can visit

“I am exceptionally proud of what DAR members are accomplishing as part of a proud tradition of service that dates to our 1890 founding,” said Denise Doring VanBuren, DAR President General. “In difficult times like these, we know that it is not the emergency that defines us, but how we respond to it.”

To learn more about DAR, visit

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. For more than 125 years, the DAR has strived to bring awareness to the honorable sacrifices and enduring legacy of all patriots who fought for America’s freedom. Through the DAR Genealogical Research System (, the public can access a free database of information amassed by the DAR about these patriots. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s service organization with more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. Any woman

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