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Salvation Army Mask Donation

Remember at the start of the pandemic when masks were so hard to come by people were cutting t-shirts and making homemade face coverings? Well, two women from Cambria County who have sewn thousands of masks, just gave away their last few.

6 News first introduced you to Johnstown residents, Lundy Feathers and Diane Mickolick at the start of the pandemic, when getting your hands on a mask was nearly impossible. The pair started making masks for their ministry, Ferndale United Methodist Church. The project quickly expanded outside of the church and across the country.

After the demand for masks died down and they became more easily accessible, the pair decided to put an end to the project- but not without using up every last bit of materials.

“I looked in our sewing room and said to Di, we have a couple hundred patterns where the masks have been cut out. So, one of our girls did all that work for us and we’re not making them into masks. Let’s sew them up and let’s just have a mask giveaway,” said Feathers.

Feathers and Mickolick choose the Salvation Army in Johnstown for the mask giveaway. The pair donated over 200 masks to the organization, in hopes of helping people who are in need.

“So, when I heard about this mask donation, I was very happy to think about that we have more people to help. And there are masks available at stores and different venues, but a lot of these people have very limited income. So, when they are able to receive a high-quality mask especially reusable, washable such as these masks that were donated, it just helps us to give out to those people who are in need and don’t have those extra few dollars to buy one,” said Captain of Johnstown’s Salvation Army, Erin Smullen.

These colorful, unique masks will help keep people safe and healthy, but it represents much more. These colorful, unique masks will help keep people safe and healthy, while also serving a greater purpose for the people who wear them.

“A lot of getting assistance can feel like, ‘I’m just another face, I’m just another person in line.’ And that is something with these masks that I’ve seen people really express their identity. Their favorite football team, their favorite cartoon character. They like to match it with their blouse or their coat. And those in poverty have that same desire.

They want to feel special in that way,” said Smullen. “So, when we can find them a mask and we know someone who likes the color purple and we have a mask that just came in that was donated we can say, ‘Oh look we have a purple one for you. It would look perfect with that coat you had on last week.’ That makes them feel human. It makes them feel like somebody knows them and cares about them,” she added.

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