When Mark Letchworth of Moughons Ace Hardware and Cheryl Dale Karow, both of Mathews, realized that the situation at two food banks was critical, they joined forces to help.
Karow is a quilter who had plenty of fabric on hand to make face masks. Letchworth had a ready outlet for the masks. So, when the face mask supply nationwide became critical and food banks were suffering shortages, the two decided they had a way to help a lot of folks locally.
Karow made masks and Letchworth sold them, and between the two they made over $2,000. Some of it was spent weekly to purchase food that was delivered directly to Hands Across Mathews and the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. Letchworth delivered the other portion as a check to Michael Carone at Hands Across Mathews.
After the first batch of masks was made using elastic she had at home, Karow found she was unable to purchase quarter-inch elastic anywhere in the state or online. First, she purchased hairbands that she cut up to use a...
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