Donations, Volunteers Sought To Make 'Masks for the Many' In Douglas County

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May 5, 2020 - 1:35pm

The Douglas County Health Department is calling for volunteers and donations to help make masks for people who can't afford or make their own masks. 


Along with the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps, the Douglas County Health Department is launching “Masks for the Many.” 

"They aren’t everywhere," health department spokesman Phil Rooney said of masks. "Some people don’t have the financial means to buy masks. They may not have a sewing machine, or whatever, have any experience at all in making a mask. I know I couldn’t make one."

The first masks will probably go to non-profits and refugee groups in Douglas County, Rooney said. The health department is asking for volunteers to sew masks, as well as donations of 100% cotton fabric, elastic, and thread of any color.

Donations can be dropped off Medical Reserve Corps in Papillion, Nebraska, or arrangements can be made to pick up the materials, according to a Douglas County Health Department press release.

Daily News Update, May 5

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