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Thank you! Viewers help WKYC Studios provide more than 13,000 masks to Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling was the driving force behind the campaign.

CLEVELAND — Back in April, WKYC Studios took on the challenge of collecting 10,000 reusable face masks for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

It was a stretch goal, for sure. To make it happen, we needed to find caring people who knew how to sew, and get them to donate their time (as well as fabric and elastic!) to our cause.

Today, the campaign concluded with WKYC blasting past its goal. Once the numbers were tallied, we learned that our viewers have provided more than 13,000 masks for employees and volunteers who are part of the Food Bank’s vast distribution network. 

Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling was the driving force behind the campaign, and this week she could be found literally driving all around the Northeast Ohio region to collect the donated masks sewn by WKYC viewers.

Today, she put 150 miles on her car as she drove from Painesville to Parma and points in between. She met viewers like Joanne Harris of Solon, who had 660 hand-sewn masks ready for pickup; she collected another 250 at Old South Church of Christ in Willoughby, where members said they wanted to help because their church operates a food pantry. 

When she pulled into work at the end of her four-hour road trip, Betsy was amazed to find hundreds more donated masks had been dropped off in WKYC’s lobby.

"I’ve had a long day but look at this," she marveled, gesturing to a mountain of masks on the set of her 5 pm What’s New show. "There are literally millions of stitches and hundreds of hours that have been put on this table, and I can’t thank people enough."

It’s all a testament to the love and work ethic of Northeast Ohioans, agreed her "What's New" co-host Jay Crawford.

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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 300 masks from sewers at The Hope Chest in Painesville. The Hope Chest is a Lake County non-profit that helps provide free home goods and clothing to families in need.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 410 hand made masks from Carla Wilson and the ladies of the Old South United Church of Christ
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 664 handmade masks from Joanne Harris and friends in Solon.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 345 masks from Gretchen Landvay and her husband in Brecksville.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 250 masks from Sharon Schneider and her neighbor in Parma.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling stopped in to the 7-11 at Ridge and Ridgewood in Parma to pick up ANOTHER 500 masks from Adam Radogna. Adam was the first donor of 1,100 masks that kick started the drive for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 250 masks from Tracy West and her daughter in Brook Park.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 306 masks from Marta Zelaski and her daughter in Middleburg Heights.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 262 masks from sisters Vicki and Sunny on Cleveland's west side.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 250 masks from Ann Marie and Maddie in Avon. Maddie learned the basics of sewing by making masks!
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up 500 handmade masks from Teresa Ladrach in Rittman.
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Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling picks up masks from sisters Suzanne and Sandy in Huron.

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