Saturday, April 25, 2020

Masks don't grow on trees, except in Lisbon, Iowa

Deb Siggins, 55, of Lisbon, Iowa, began making cloth masks for healthcare workers after the local hospital began experiencing shortages. Initially she planned to donate 100 masks to medical workers, but then her family and friends began requesting masks of their own. Since then, she has made over 400 masks, which she paid for from her salary as a doctor's office employee.

When she realized she could hand the masks directly to her neighbors without violating social distancing guidelines, she decided to hang them on a local tree so passers-by could take one at their leisure. The masks are a hit with her community. She says, "It was really cool to see people driving up, grabbing a mask and leaving. I'm a giver, not a taker, so I feel really good."

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