Editor, The Cheshire Herald:
For the past month, members of the Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire have been making facemasks to raise money for the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. The facemasks sell for $10 each, and because all of the materials are donated we are able to give 100 percent of the purchase to the Food Pantry.
To date, we have donated $5,000.
A huge thank you to members contributing their time and talent and donating materials to this very worthwhile effort: Tony Poitras, Rita Giannotti, Nancy Sewitch, Valerie Joyce, Deb Poach, Ginni Donovan, Lucinda Perry, Katherine Harris, Marion Virello, Barbara Masiulis, Signian McGeary, Jessica Fischer, Patty Wright and Maria Colacrai.
I would also like to extend a very special thank you to some incredible people who are not members of our club but have generously volunteered to help. Rhonda Tripodina and Heather Potter donated a huge amount of fabric — were it not for them we would have run out of fabric weeks ago. Helen Richardson joined our team just a week ago and has already made enough masks to raise over $850 for the Food Pantry. Jeanne Redmann donated enough pre-cut fabric to make more than 100 masks.
Elastic is virtually impossible to find these days, but thanks to Cheshire Nursery we don’t have to worry about that. In addition to selling our masks, Bill Beebe has generously donated enough elastic to make more than 1,000 masks.
We are now selling masks in three locations: Cheshire Nursery, Main Street Caffé, and Premier Wine and Spirits. In addition, Cheshire Nursery is offering our masks as a special ‘add on’ for their Mother’s Day floral arrangements. I encourage residents to support these wonderful local businesses and also to purchase facemasks to support the Food Pantry.
As the saying goes, it takes a village. I am very thankful to be part of one where so many people eagerly volunteer to do whatever they can to help!
Facemask Project Lead