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Douglas County residents making masks for first responders

Coordinators started the project through a Facebook group called “Douglas County Helpers” in March.

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 7:26 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.—Dozens of Douglas County residents have come together to sew masks for first responders in the area.

Due to the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment, coordinators said they wanted to connect with others to sew reuseable masks.

Coordinators started the project through a Facebook group called “Douglas County Helpers” in March.

The group currently has 1,200 members.

Coordinators said they aren’t limiting the masks to first responders, they’re also giving them to anyone who needs one for free.

“Something is better than nothing and that you’re protecting everyone from you with the mask,” said Julie Hammond, co-coordinator of Douglas County Helpers. “And that’s what we’re trying to do. Slow the curve.”

Hammond said the group has also partnered with Roseburg's Joann Fabric and Craft store to help with the project.

If you’re interested in helping, you can contact coordinators through the “Douglas County Helpers” Facebook group.

If you need masks, Hammond said you can get in touch with them the same way.

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