Wiregrass Angel House creates handmade face masks for area’s essential workers

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As the Wiregrass continues battling confirmed cases of coronavirus, the Wiregrass Angel House is working to help Dothan’s essential workers one stitch at a time.

For Katy Lewis, what started as a Facebook browsing session turned into a medical mask mission.

“One of my friends, Denise, posted on her Facebook a picture of her daughter Riley Jane,” Wiregrass Angel House Outreach Advocate Katy Lewis explained. “She had so many people commenting on there, ‘I need two, I need four, how many can I get from you’, so I texted her and said hey I’ll help you do these.”

Since then, the Wiregrass Angel House has created over 100 handmade face masks for essential workers.

“Pretty much anybody is using them,” Lewis said. “AllSouth Urgent Care, we’re doing some for them, we’ve done some for Southern Clinic and the girls at the Houston County admin building, the COVID floor at Flowers.”

Each handmade mask has a hole in the middle or in the side of the mask that allows wearers to add and change filters as needed. For those wearing N95 masks, the handmade ones can be worn over those.

“A lot of people are also wearing these over the N95 masks just in case they need to reuse it (so) their actual mask doesn’t get dirty,” Lewis said.

The masks’ creators hope their creations spread kindness and joy during this difficult time.

“We’re in uncharted waters and we don’t really know what’s going to happen next, where we’re going to go from here,” Lewis said. “I felt like it was very important to get out in the community and just do what I could do to help where I could help.”

If you’re interested in helping make the masks, message the Wiregrass Angel House on Facebook.

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