Sew Your True Colors for Westminster Nurses

5 spools of purple thread

May 13, 2020

“Sew Your True Colors” Campaign to Benefit Frontline Health Care Workers    

SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster College is proud to join all Utah universities and colleges in Project Protect, a state-wide effort to sew five million medical-grade masks for front line health care workers.

Tens of thousands of volunteer sewers across the state already produced over three million masks. Today, universities, colleges and technical colleges are rallying together with the “Sew Your True Colors” campaign to take the project across the finish line.

Westminster asks our community to “Sew Your True Colors” by using purple thread to sew masks. When Westminster nurses use a mask with purple thread, they will know and feel our appreciation.

“Supporting Project Protect is supporting the thousands of Westminster nursing alumni who are heroes in health care across Utah,” said Sheryl Steadman, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Westminster nurses are leaders and contributors in the most critical areas of practice so we are grateful for all that is being done to protect them.”

Volunteers can sign up starting today at and then pick up their kits of 100 masks at one of six donation sites spanning from Harrisville to St. George. The kits contain all of the materials needed except for the thread. Sewing volunteers are encouraged, but not required, to use their school color and sew the school spirit into the mask. Masks will be returned on Saturday, May 30 at the same location as pickup.

Volunteers will need a sewing machine, thread, scissors and pins, but they do not need a high level of sewing skills to produce these masks. Detailed instructions will be provided. Each kit will include 100 masks and, depending on the sewer’s level of experience, each mask should take five to 10 minutes to sew, for a total of 10 to 15 hours of sewing time over 11 days. Many volunteers have engaged their entire family to pin, cut and sew. Others have divided the 100 masks between neighbors, families and friends.

Project Protect is a collaborative effort between University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Latter-day Saint Charities and several Utah nonprofits.  

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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