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Sisters of Notre Dame handmaking & donating face masks for Greater Cleveland Food Bank

'Whenever there's a need, we try our best to fill it.'

CLEVELAND — At WKYC Studios, we are in the middle of our homemade mask collection benefiting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Our goal is to collect 10,000 face masks.

Those masks have been pouring in from all over the community, including from the Sisters of Notre Dame. 

"That's what we do," Sister Judith Ostrowski says. "Whenever there's a need, we try our best to fill it." 

Since March, the sisters have been in quarantine, but they aren't letting their time go to waste. Instead, they have been cutting, sewing, and donating handmade masks. 

Over the past few weeks, they have made and donated 1,567 masks, including 100 masks to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. 

"Besides praying for them, this is a way we can help," Ostrowski said. "Just a great opportunity to help people." 

If you can sew, we are asking for your help too! 

You can mail or drop off masks at the food bank on South Waterloo Road weekdays from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. They can also be dropped off at WKYC studios, on Lakeside Avenue. 

Here's a special offer for individuals or groups who make at least 250 masks: Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling will come and pick them up herself! Email us if you have questions about this homemade mask project at 3cares@wkyc.com.

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