Williston looking for volunteers for mask-making project

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Williston is looking for volunteers to take part in a community mask-making project. It’s part of a statewide effort by Vermont Teddy Bear to provide 125,000 protective masks help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I had a number of people saved on an email list who were looking for something to do,”
said Erik Wells, assistant town manager. “It just really speaks to our community and the strength of our community.”

As the town begins taking next steps toward eventually reopening public buildings, Wells wants to make sure everyone in the community has a mask. He’s calling on volunteers to grab a needle and thread, and start sewing.

“We’ll keep some masks on hand for town residents and employees who need them and we’ll give others back to Vermont Teddy Bear as part of this larger statewide pool.”

Wells said the town will drop off supplies to volunteers and coordinate a pick up time. The mask making kits are courtesy of Vermont Teddy Bear.

“We’ve put together kits that contain enough fabric and elastic for 48 masks,” said Matthew Mole, Vermont Teddy Bear’s director of strategic global sourcing.

Staff at Vermont Teddy Bear say each mask takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make.

“As we looked at it, we realized 125,000 masks is about 20% of Vermont’s state population, so we thought that was something we could stand behind and a nice solid number to look at,” Mole said.

In Williston, dozens of people have already committed to the cause. Kits should begin to go out to volunteers toward the end of next week.

If you’re interested in helping, email Erik Wells at ewells@willistonvt.org

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