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Sandy Brooks sews for our safety

Our community has been blessed with a number of volunteers who have sewn masks to keep our staff safe through the pandemic. One sewer is a familiar face around our campus, too. Sandy Brooks, a dining staff member for 10 years, has made 100 masks!

“I really enjoyed making them. When I saw everyone wearing them, it just lit up my eyes. It made me feel really good that I could make them and donate them,” said Sandy.

Sandy got the idea to make the masks when she saw there was a need.

“I knew we were running low on masks at one time. I thought, ‘I could do that,’ but it wasn’t as easy as I thought. The elastic was a problem – I couldn’t get it! Joann’s would only sell five yards at a time. They were limiting it when they had it in stock. I could get 13 masks out of five yards. Some people gave me elastic and I had some on hand. Otherwise, it went pretty fast,” said Sandy.

While her resources may be running low, her enthusiasm is high for making more masks for the upcoming holiday.

“I’m going to make more for the Fourth of July. Kohl’s has lots of flags and patriotic material. I cut it all up into masks and on the Fourth of July we can all wear them. I’m going to make about 80. I don’t sell them, I give them away. I don’t think making a profit on something like this is good, I just donate them,” said Sandy.

Thank you, Sandy! We appreciate your time and talents in an effort to keep our community safe!

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