Plea for medical face masks elicits enthusiastic local response


April 1, 2020

Rebecca Wolthuis holds masks she delivered to the Sweet Home Rotary Club at a receiving center at Sweet Home High School. Samaritan Health issued a plea in March for local residents to make masks, which are in short supply.

Sweet Home Rotary Club and Senior Center members are among local residents who are sewing masks and donating them to the hospitals.

For the Rotary Club, Larry Horton has been meeting volunteers at Sweet Home High School during its lunch distribution to students to trade mask construction materials for completed masks, which may feature everything from wild color schemes to movie "Minions."

The Rotary got started with a donation of 148 yards of elastic, Horton said Thursday, March 26.

"Elastic seems to be the shortage. We've been using that, but we ran out of that. I bought 20 yards in S...

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