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Like so many of us, Tina Marie Price found that she had a lot of extra time on her hands during the COVID-19 pandemic. But instead of wasting her time, Price got to work, using her sewing skills.

In just under two weeks, Price has made 702 masks and given them free of charge to the community. She said she’s taking extra precautions with her delivery method, but she’s glad to lend an important hand.

“I have been doing a lot of mailbox pickup,” Price said. “I have been going through Lysol like crazy. I have been wiping down my mailbox like crazy from people picking them up in Ziploc bags. Then I have had a couple of people willing to run and distribute.”

Price says she is averaging between 60 and 70 masks a day. And she’s not stopping there: the seamstress already has 300-plus more masks in the works.

“So we have taken them to vet offices, we have taken them to emergency rooms, we have taken them to home health services, nursing homes, the VA, and individuals, as well,” she said. “People on the frontlines as well. Essential workers who are having to be around people and need that protection as well. So just kind of a mix of everybody.”

And for those who are inspired to put their seamstress skills to the test, DCH is accepting mask donations. A box sits outside of the DCH Foundation office at 1110 Dr. Edward Hillard Dr. All donations can be taken there. According to the DCH Health System website, homemade masks will go to folks in lower acuity areas, like the medical office buildings. Masks that are made with surgical fabric can be given to providers in higher acuity areas.


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