Illinois pork producer sews more than 1,300 masks for community

Her masks have traveled to Alton, Granite City, Edwardsville, St. Louis and many places in between.

May 1, 2020

2 Min Read
Illinois Pork Producers Association

Tammy Brink is well known in her Illinois community for her sewing abilities. You can likely find her at the Buckle store in Fairview Heights hemming jeans for local customers or creating beautiful pieces at her home through her alterations and custom sewing business.

Most recently, she has been busy sewing over 1,300 masks for area businesses and community members to keep them protected during the COVID-19 pandemic, and doesn't show signs of slowing down.

"I have loved to sew since the age of 11 when I enrolled in sewing as a project in 4-H," Brink says. She gives credit to her mom and a very special aunt, Jean Klaus, for sharing their talent and time with her. Their passion quickly transferred to Brink and she has not stopped since.  

When asked how she got started creating masks she said that she had free time with prom being canceled, weddings postponed and Buckle closed due to COVID-19. Brink was asked to make cloth home sewn masks by some hospitals, businesses and many individuals surrounding her.

Since March 22, the first day she began sewing masks, she has made over 1,000 for the local area. They range in color, pattern and material, depending on what is available for purchase. She mentioned a shortage of elastic but friends and family quickly sourced her extra rolls so she could continue providing for those in need.

Her masks have traveled to Alton, Granite City, Edwardsville, St. Louis, and many places in between. She simply charges enough money to cover the cost of material and donates her time and talent to support those on the frontline keeping us safe and healthy.

Brink, and husband Larry of 37 years, live on a farm in rural Highland. They have both been involved in the pork industry since they were 4-H members. They enjoy raising mostly Berkshire hogs and spending time with their family.

They have three children who are all involved in the pork industry as well. Travis, wife Tricia and children Callie and Sadie Brink of Riverside Iowa; Emmalee, husband Daniel, and children Milly and Hannah Haege of Nashville, Ill.; and Caleb Brink of Nokomis.

The Brinks enjoy helping their grandkids raise and show pigs along with giving back to the youth in the swine industry. They are active with the Illinois Pork Producers Association where they help promote pork products and the farmers that raise them. Their dedication to the next generation of pork producers and leaders does not go unnoticed.

Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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