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Davis County works together to provide students with free masks

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 5:13 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - School districts around the area have announced various return to learn plans, and many plans recommend that students wear masks. But as the school year grows closer, parents may struggle with finding a mask for their child. The Davis county community is coming together to help with that by giving out free, homemade masks to students and others who may need them.

The project is organized by Anne Morgan, former superintendent of Davis County Schools, and an active community member. She stepped up when she thought students could use a way to get masks. “I saw a need and said: let’s see what we can do. And really, the fact that this is all Davis County jumping in to help kids; that’s pretty easy to get volunteers for.”

Volunteers like Marcella Thompson, who spend their free time sewing masks for the students. She spoke to KYOU about her process of handmaking masks. “I usually try to cut out 10 of a kind at a time. and then I sew the two pieces of material together and pleat them. And if people can get them and feel safer in them...then that’s a good thing.” Thompson says her record is 18 masks in one day, both in children and adult sizes.

The main base of operations is the Bloomfield Christian Church, near the center of the city. But Pastor Leslie Dotson, who’s helping to organize the project alongside Anne Morgan, wants to stress that this service goes beyond the walls of the church, and into the community. Dotson says, “We’ve had lots of people in. We’ve probably given away 400 masks, and now we’re seeing more and more people coming in.” Both Morgan and Pastor Dotson emphasize that providing these masks is a community effort for Davis County, and they’ll help anyone in need of one. Morgan says she doesn’t want this project to become political in any way. “I just care about are the kids and [Davis County School] staff. And if we can help provide a couple of masks to family, kids, or staff...that’s awesome.”

This will all culminate with giving away masks on several evenings in early August. Masks can be picked up from the church starting on August 6th. More information can be found on the Bloomfield Christian Church’s Facebook page.

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