Sewing Sisters

Cheryl Gentry and Carol Kossaris, also known as the “Sewing Sisters,” dropping off masks at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital.

The Grand Itasca Foundation recently donated $2,000 to the local volunteer group, Mask Mania 2020. The group has about 50 volunteers across northern Minnesota who work to make masks for healthcare workers, essential employees, veterans and community residents.

“Grand Itasca Foundation is happy to support the incredible work of this local group of volunteers. Their gift of time and sewing skill is invaluable and we so appreciate that they are making this effort to keep our patients and our staff safe during this pandemic,” said Director of Grand Itasca Foundation Kelly Kirwin.

The Grand Itasca medical staff also donated $500 to Mask Mania.

“The medical staff at Grand Itasca relies on the hard work of volunteers making masks to ensure that we are protected from the COVID-19 virus,” said Dr. Tim Pehl, Chief of Staff and Family Medicine Physician at Grand Itasca. “By wearing a mask in public, including when you come to see a doctor or receive care in a medical facility, you are protecting those around you from the potential spread of the virus. Even if you are asymptomatic, you may shed the virus and infect those around you. Having homemade masks available at our facilities to offer to patients, means that they are protecting those around them and also means that we are able to conserve our limited supply of surgical masks.”


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