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Joining forces for worthy cause

By Staff | May 12, 2020

With masks as fashionable as they are these days, local veterans organizations are making their own to make sure area first responders are prepared.

With the Emmet County Female Veterans taking the lead, their group along with the Estherville VFW Auxiliary, Estherville VFW and Estherville American Legion are working together to make masks for police officers, deputies, fire department and ambulance personnel.

While the VFW Auxiliary provided $500 for supplies, the idea was started by Mary Gray and Margaret Gray, who met with a Dickinson County group doing the same thing.

While some meet at the VFW between 9-noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday-with proper distancing-several of those making the masks work from home.

Cutters include Margaret Gray, Kathy Nordhausen and Lois Christians with the templates supplied by C&G Manufacturing of Estherville.. Marie Larson has done a majority of the sewing.

After local first responders have received their masks, the group expects to have at least 250 that can go to anyone that wants one by calling Mary Gray at 712-209-1141 or 712-362-2911. Monetary or material donations are appreciated as well as volunteers to help make the masks.