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Don’t have a mask? Here’s how to get one

ESCANABA — More people are wearing masks as the coronavirus pandemic continues. If you don’t have a mask yet, the following places can help you.

– Masks in Delta County is a group of over 750 people who have made over 8,000 masks that have been distributed throughout the area. Initially the group was started to make masks for medical professionals, nursing homes, elderly, and the immunity compromised to protect them from the coronavirus.

“I know that Facebook could be used as a powerful tool. I started a group called ‘Masks in Delta County, Loving our Neighbors’, and started inviting friends to the page,” said organizer Jill Spencer.

It didn’t take long for monetary and material donations to come in, and people volunteering to sew.

The group doesn’t sell any masks and operate solely on donations. Spencer said monetary donations can be mailed to 5351 18th Road, Escanaba. She will also receive one-fourth inch elastic, colorful or manly looking fabric and interfacing.

“They can be labeled with my name and dropped off at the service counters at Pat’s in Gladstone, Joe’s in Rock, or Elmer’s in Escanaba,” said Spencer.

Masks are available at Elmer’s County Market and Pat’s Foods IGA in Gladstone behind each grocers service counter.

“If anyone is still in need, they can contact me through the group page by messenger or through Pat’s, Elmer’s or Joe’s,” said Spencer.

– Michigan State University Extension 4-H Educator, Dave Radloff and 4-H members started making masks in March and will continue to do so through the Michigan 4-H Mask Project.

Email Radloff at radloff@msu.edu and provide your contact information for a mask.

Tebears Sewing and Quilting do not make masks, and are open to sell elastic and fabric by appointment. Customers are asked to call ahead and pick up purchased items curbside. Tebears’ staff can be reached by calling 786-6431, or messaging through Facebook.

Masks can be purchased through some local businesses.

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