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Green residents making, donating masks during pandemic

Posted at 4:09 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 21:05:01-04

GREEN, Ohio — Bob Campbell's mother, Ellen Campbell loved sewing, quilting and helping the community, so when the city of Green made a plea for material and volunteers to make masks, he recognized a great way to honor his mother who passed away last July.

"My mom was always one of those social cause persons that if there was a call to do some sewing or do anything for the community, she made a lot of blankets for hospitals," he said.

Bob Campbell donated seven boxes filled with a variety of his mom's fabrics to Green City Hall. The city is collecting the material and homemade masks from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. The masks are meant to comply with CDC guidelines to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The coverings are being delivered to Green residents and nursing homes that need them. Those interested are asked to call the Green Together Hotline at 330-896-6933.

Campbell, who is the president of the Green School Board, said he asked his brothers before donating the quilting materials and everyone agreed it's what their mom would have wanted.

"It kind of lets her live on and that kind of stuff and makes us feel right," he said.

Sandra Cline, a Green resident and a teacher in the Akron Public School District, has made more than 200 of the masks and donated them to city hall.

Others, who have requested them, are picking them up outside of her home.

"I put them in little baggies. I sanitize them. I spray them with Lysol and put them in baggies for people to try and stay as clean as possible," Cline said.

Cline said its makes her feel good and humbled to make coverings that could help protect people during the pandemic.

"I'm always preaching to my students that if you find a need, or something that needs to be done in the community that you should reach out and help and I thought, well, I should probably live by that philosophy."