Veterans are helping other veterans during a “Sew With Veterans Project” at the Central Arkansas VA Healthcare System (CAVHS) at North Little Rock.

Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services (VAVS) at the Eugene Towbin VA Medical Center committed to support the VA Mental Health Services with the necessary equipment and supplies for approximately 100 in-patient veterans to make cloth masks in a therapeutic environment.

A total of 15 sewing machines, plus supplies, have been donated or loaned to the CAVHS for the “Sew With Veterans Project,” according to a news release.

CAVHS VAVS Chief Michael R. Dobbs said he and his staff just shared the need with the VAVS volunteer organizations. The project, conceived by Rodney Jackson of CAVHS Mental Health Service Recreational Therapy and his teammates, “is an example of thinking outside of the box.”

Sewing machines are in short supply and organizations including U.S.D. 1812, Soldiers Angels, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Daughters of the American Revolution, searched for the machines using online retail sources plus solicited used machines from members and neighbors.

The need has been met with the exception of volunteer instructors to teach the veterans how to use the machines and construct the masks per guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The project will engage veterans while they are restricted during this COVID-19 isolation period.

People who would like to learn about volunteering or how to contribute, should contact Voluntary Services at 501-257-3288.

U.S.D. 1812 was organized in 1908 and has been serving Arkansas since then. For information the patriotic activities of U.S.D. 1812, contact the organization’s national chairwoman, Sheila Beatty-Krout, at