Ivor native donating handmade masks

Published 7:08 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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Ivor native Krystle Kitchen, who now lives in Smithfield, has been sewing handmade face masks intended for donation to medical personnel, essential workers and caretakers of those with compromised health. While the masks are not medical-grade, they can be used as a cover on top of medical-grade masks to help them last longer given the current shortage, and to give a barrier to those without access to medical-grade masks.

She is pictured here with 50 samples of her work, and is now encouraging anyone who knows how to sew to get out some scrap fabric, some ribbon or elastic and donate the resulting masks. Many resources are available online, including weneedmasks.org, that can help volunteers learn how to make handmade masks, and provide information on how to donate them, Kitchen said.

As for her masks, she’s been donating them locally to those who have asked for them, such as Liberty Baptist Church.