Peter Tran, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northeast Portland, convinced relatives and friends to collect vacuum cleaner bags and then make masks for health workers from the impermeable material.

Tran gave hundreds of masks to Oregon Health and Science University and also outfitted the pro-life sidewalk counselors who stand outside Lovejoy Surgicenter, a busy abortion site in Northwest Portland.  

Tran said that the best vacuum cleaner bags for the purpose are Rubbermaid BP6Q.