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Northwest Iowa RSVP volunteers making and distributing thousands of masks

Tue 5-26-2020 Estherville, IA

(Estherville)-Northwest Iowa Senior Volunteers have made thousands of masks in recent weeks, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has details:

Northwest Iowa RSVP making and distributing thousands of masks 

The Northwest Iowa Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, shifted their focus from quilting into making masks when Iowa instituted COVID-19 procedures.

Director Dawn Bernhard says, the volunteers have made some 2,500 masks in recent weeks.  "A  lot of the volunteers that are choosing to sew are sewers and quilters, and this was a natural fit for them.  They could stay safe by sheltering at home and still make a difference in the lives of others by producing these masks.  Most of them have collections of fabric already and they were happy to use that for such a wonderful purpose, and they have just been producing masks like crazy."

She notes that the masks have been widely distributed.  "Each of the Volunteers have kind of found their own outlet depending on which county in our service area they are with, but they are going to a lot of healthcare organizations, hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and some of them actually are now realizing the need for children's size masks, and they have shifted their focus to making those.  Most of those tend to go to The Department of Human Services, the local office, or community health in their area."

The Northwest Iowa RSVP invites anyone 55 and older to join in their efforts.

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