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United Way volunteers sew masks for kids going back to school

The organization is partnering with the Greater Lafayette Sewing Masks group to provide extra masks for kids this school year.

Posted: Aug 1, 2020 8:56 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- United Way of Greater Lafayette volunteers are making masks for kids in need.

The organization is partnering with members of the Greater Lafayette Sewing Masks group to make masks that will go to students starting classes this fall.

United Way has donated many of the masks to the Salvation Army's Tools for School event. The rest will be dropped at different schools throughout the county.

The masks were intentionally made with a white fabric so kids can decorate them. United Way leaders are providing a fabric marker with each mask in hopes of encouraging young students to want to wear them.

"We're trying to get the kids excited about wearing their masks so that they can personalize it and maybe they'll be a little more excited to put that one stay safe while they're in school," said Ebony Barrett, director of marketing and engaging at United Way of Greater Lafayette.

Barrett said this is only the beginning, United Way plans to continue finding ways to give aside from monetary donations.

The organization is financially supporting non-profits through its COVID-19 Response Fund. United Way's Head of Chair of Emerging Leaders Brandy Marsh said they want to help in as many ways as possible.

"Times are a lot tougher for some people than it may be for some so especially when you have the means to reach out, it's important that we reach out, we provide the resources, the masks, the funds, the support as a community," said Marsh.

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