Their initial goal was to make and distribute 200 simple surgical face masks to health care workers on the front lines of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Since mid-March, the Montgomery County Mask Makers have made and distributed more than 15,000 masks all over the world, with no signs of letting up.
In light of the new state requirements for even local residents to wear masks in public, the group now has bins all over the county with masks available for pick up at no charge.
Adult size masks are available at Casey’s in Witt, Casey’s and Dollar General in Coffeen, Dollar General in Schram City, John’s Pharmacy, Sullivan’s Pharmacy, CVS and IGA in Hillsboro, Walgreens, Rural King, Sullivans and Aldi in Litchfield, Kroger, Sav-Mor Pharmacy, the post office and library in Nokomis, the post office in Fillmore and West End, Dollar General and the post office in Raymond.
The group does have kids’ size masks available for free by contacting the Montgomery County Mask Makers on Facebook.
Currently, they have shipped face masks to 31 states and seven foreign countries, providing protection to health care workers as well as families who have children with cancer or other illnesses.
And the work continues. Organizer Ali Luckett of Hillsboro said she just ordered ten to 12 rolls of elastic, as well as more material.
“As long as people want to sew, we will keep producing the masks,” she said.
All masks are available at no charge to anyone who wants one. They are accepting donations to help cover expenses. Checks may be mailed to the Montgomery County Mask Makers, P.O. Box 23, Hillsboro, IL 62049. There is also a link to a PayPal site on the group’s Facebook page.
For more information, contact Luckett at 217-556-8529.