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Valley women make, donate cloth face masks

Posted at 5:13 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 21:38:00-04

Amid the Center for Disease Control's latest recommendations to wear face coverings in public while social distancing, two Valley women are stepping up to provide people the protection they need.

"We had a sewing machine. We had material and decided we should do something to help,” says mask maker Amanda Bonn.

So far, Bonn, her sister-in-law, Rebecca Rivera, and other family members have helped hundreds with their handmade masks including people working around seniors and store employees. Bonn says, "They see so many people every day so we’re trying to make sure they're covered."

The good Samaritans make the masks by hand using mostly donated materials including felt so the masks are the recommended thickness.

It takes about 15 minutes to make each face covering. The craftsmanship and generosity couldn't come at a better time given the CDC's most recent recommendations.

"I think it was important before they announced it but now it's even more important," Rivera added.