During the COVID-19 crisis, the Vernon Township Woman's Club has been sewing hundreds of face masks for hospital workers and local business owners. But then an unusual request came in.


Outgoing Club President Lois Marples had already sewn 120 masks for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson when a family friend who works at Hackettstown Medical Center asked if she could create surgical caps for the nurses there.


“I had no idea what the caps looked like,” said Marples, a Stockholm resident, “so I searched online and found the pattern.”


A gifted seamstress, she produced 30 colorful caps that resemble a chef’s hat. Her friend distributed the caps among her own staff and sent some to Newton Medical Center as well. They were shared among the nurses in the operating room and the chemotherapy unit.


All the nurses were extremely grateful, and one of them posted on social media, “Lois made and donated these great O.R. caps to help protect our hair when we are treating patients. Thank you so much!” Marples was pleased that her talent could brighten the lives of the hard-working medical professionals.


The Vernon Township Woman's Club is dedicated to helping those in need, through community service and philanthropic activities. The club is open to women of all ages from all towns. For more information, contact Maureen at 973-764-3185.


Submitted by Vernon Township Woman’s Club