LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — As the COVID-19 crisis wages on, we continue to hear good stories of people helping one another in this time of need.
In April, Lorain County Public Health asked for help getting face masks out to businesses and nonprofits in the community so people could safely return to work. In response, the health department says local citizens answered the call and helped slow the spread of the Coronavirus with ongoing mask donations.
Since the pandemic's onset, 12 suppliers and local volunteers have been making face masks for the community, Lorain County Public Health reports.
“I started making masks for my own family, then saw that other groups needed them,” says Barb, a regular contributor to the mask collection.
LCPH collects the donated masks from Barb and the other suppliers and provides them to area organizations and nonprofit groups who need them.
They have donated 1,000 masks in total and have helped 17 different groups. Those groups include, youth groups, social services and other faith based organizations.
“Most of my friends said that they’d wear a mask if they had easy access to them,” explains Barb. “That’s what inspires me to keep making them.”
If you are in need of a face mask, or you are able to help, call LCPH at 440-322-6367.