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Lifetime Supply of Fabric Keeps Hospital Staff Safe


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A former Miss America seamstress is putting her skills — and 60 years worth of fabric — to good use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Oh I was in charge of the crown!” Cynthia Wilson laughed.

Thirty-one years of glitz and glam made her the expert seamstress she is today.

But now, Wilson is going from pageant crowns – to a different sort of crown. One that granddaughter Danielle Hirsch rocks proudly at work.

“I went to her and I said, ‘Can you make the scrub caps like you did for med school for the surgery rotations?’ And she said, “Sure I can do that!’” Hirsch recalled.

Hirsch is a pediatric ER physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

She started wearing her old scrub caps at the start of the pandemic.  

Her colleagues quickly noticed the fun patterns.

“They’d say, ‘Oh, do you think Grandma could make me one?’ And I said, ‘Sure, I’m sure she can,’” Hirsch said.

Luckily, Wilson had 60 years worth of fabric saved — initially saving it to make a quilt for each of her 19 grandkids.

“I’ve moved three times and everybody kept saying, “Get rid of it, get rid of it.’ And I said, ‘No, I’ll need it someday!’” Wilson laughed.

It’s a good thing she didn’t throw it away – she’s made about a hundred scrub caps now, and counting.

“They’ve all thanked me so very much for it. And that’s the rewarding part,” Wilson said.

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