Stitching Wellness

FOX21 News Right Now Feature

A lifetime of service: Canon City veteran commits to community

On May 5, 2020 our Founder and CEO, Clifford, was interviewed by Christina Dawidowicz, digital reporter for FOX21 News Right Now. The article explains how Clifford was inspired to begin making masks and what continues to keep him living a life of service. Along with the article is a video interview with examples of what Stitching Wellness has to offer, click here to view the full article.

How it all started

The night of April 2, 2020 a face mask prototype was designed; the first go around was not great, but not bad either. The following day, with the help of a neighbor, we built a box and dug a hole in our founders front yard. A sign was placed on that box that read, “Free Masks.” Then photos were taken and we began to spread awareness on Facebook.

Next, it was time to begin cutting and sewing face masks to fill the free mask box, day after day. Then we began shipping the masks all the way to North Carolina, West Virginia, California, Denver, and various other places. From there we partnered with Kaleidoscope Inspiration and Saint Thomas More Hospital Gift Shop in Canon City, CO to begin selling masks to support Inner Warrior Spirit programs.

The Full Story…

“Covid-19 will come and it will go along with each stress and trauma trigger I face every waking moment of every day unaware of the who, what, where, and how it might show itself. These past few weeks have been particularly difficult for me as I struggle with isolation and abandonment in a way that might seem counter intuitive to most. As a US Navy Submarine Veteran a PTSD survivor and the Founder of a Non Profit Inner Warrior Spirit, my focus has been teaching mindfulness meditation as a way to combat the affects of trauma.

In the beginning of this pandemic my focus had sill been on mindfulness and meditation to keep me centered through the ups and downs. As I felt myself getting deeper and deeper in depression using my mindfulness practice looking inward I realized what I needed in my life was purpose. I needed something bigger then me. Something I could control when nothing else in my life felt controllable.

That night April 2nd I designed a face mask. The first go around was not great but not bad either. April 3rd I built a box, dug a hole in my front yard and with the help of my neighbor who painted that box. A sign was placed on that box “ Free Masks”. I took pictures posted on Facebook and started cutting and then sewing face masks. Filling the box day after day, even shipping masks all the way to North Carolina, West Virginia, California, Denver, alike.

Focus on the breath and be aware you are cutting and you are sewing stringing bagging and shipping. The breath I could let go the cutting the sewing the bagging the shipping the giving I could control and then the letting go.

What has saved my life during COVID-19? “PURPOSE

~ Clifford, Founder & CEO

Be part of the infinite cycle.

Our face masks are handmade with lightweight materials. There is no elastic, making it easy to put on and take off. The masks are available in many colors and patterns, plus they are washable. Check out the slide show below for some examples of what we can do!

100% of proceeds from mask sales support Inner Warrior Spirit programs.

Masks are available for in-store purchase at Kaleidoscope Inspiration and Saint Thomas More Hospital Gift Shop, their addresses are listed below.

Kaleidoscope InspirationSaint Thomas More Hospital Gift Shop
302 Main Street
Canon City, Colorado 81212
United States
1338 Phay Ave
Canon City, Colorado 81212
United States

If you would like to order masks for delivery please fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you for supporting Inner Warrior Spirit.