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Daughters of American Revolution donate more than 2,000 facemasks

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Assistant Police Chief Charles Ramirez, second from left, accepts donated masks from Dede Samuelson, Lance McCune and Melissa Johnson.

The Fort Worth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated 300 fabric facemasks to the Fort Worth Police Department. Members have been cutting and sewing for weeks to put masks in the hands of essential personnel throughout Fort Worth. They have also donated masks to Fort Worth hospital workers, nursing home staff and hospice employees.

Recently the Fort Worth chapter was asked to sew 160 black masks for the U.S. Navy, much different than the cheerful and bright patterns created for health care workers. Once chapter members completed the task, they realized the community’s police departments could also use more uniform masks. So, with the donation of black fabric, masks were sewn for the Fort Worth, Westover Hills and River Oaks police departments.

More than 80 members of the Fort Worth chapter of DAR have either spent their spare time donating fabric, cutting patterns, sewing or delivering the masks. In a short time, the women have exceeded their own expectations and have donated more than 2,000 handmade facemasks throughout the community.

The fabric masks are made from a pattern that allows a N95 mask to be inserted, which helps extend the life of the masks that medical personnel and first responders need. The Fort Worth chapter also partnered with a local business, Tex-Air Filters, which donated filter paper to include with the fabric masks for those unable to obtain N95 masks.

“Our chapter and women all across this great state have stepped up and answered a need to supply our essential workers with masks so they can continue to serve our communities. We hope this small difference may ultimately make a larger difference to everyone they come in contact with,” said Melissa Johnson, regent of the Fort Worth chapter.

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