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The Wall Street Journal

Hillary Cohen gave her first batch of more than 100 masks to her local grocery store for employees, and has donated more to hospitals and people at risk.

Last Monday, the assistant television director, who lives in Los Angeles, held a 12-hour sew-a-thon on Facebook Live. She coached participants across the country from behind her own sewing machine, and is planning another on April 11. “I want to motivate as many people as I can to start sewing,” said Ms. Cohen, some of whose masks featured polka-dot chickens.

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Good Morning America


A California woman spent 12 hours straight sewing masks for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic -- and she's not stopping there.

Hilary Cohen has always been at home at her sewing machine. So amid the coronavirus pandemic with mask shortages dominating the headlines, the Los Angeles resident got to work, sewing 100 masks and organizing a virtual 12-hour sew-a-thon to bring sewers together to make as many face coverings as possible.

InStyle Magazine

How to Make Your Own Face Mask at Home

Hillary Cohen, assistant director on NCIS: Los Angeles, shows you how to sew your own face mask at home in just a few steps.

Hot tip: can't find elastic at the store? Buy headbands! 

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KCAL9 Los Angeles

The Assistant Director for the hit CBS show NCIS Los Angeles is using one of her talents to help in the coronavirus crisis. Today Hillary Cohen joined people across the country in a 12 hour sew a thon to make masks for healthcare workers and the people on the front lines, part of a 100 million mask challenge.


DGA Members Helping during the COVID-19 Pandemic


In times of national troubles during the DGA’s more than 80-year history, Guild members have stepped up and used their skills to serve those in need. As the world faces a situation unlike any other during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, once again DGA members are finding thoughtful and caring ways to help others.


Branson News

A Branson performer is taking part in a 12 hour national “sew-a-thon.”

Mallory Cunningham, dance captain and dancer on the Showboat Branson Belle, is working with the event creator and long time friend Hillary Cohen, located in Encino, California, to help out the community of essential workers (non-medical, such as grocery store and gas station employees) in this time of need.

“The background of this event is that the creator of the event, Hillary Cohen, was looking for a way to help out her community in California during this pandemic,” said Cunningham.

NTD News

Mask-Making Marathon clip @ the 24:00 point

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News Channel 8 Tampa Bay

Fighting coronavirus: Congress, civilians working to get protective gear to frontline workers


Daily good news interview: Woman hosts 12 hour sew-a-thon to make face masks for frontline healthcare workers

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