Block Island Times

A community of volunteers joins to make facemasks

The Block Island community is coming together during this daunting time, a show of how resilient and uplifting this small island can be.
Island residents Sven Risom and Amy Doran started a project to get island residents involved in making facemasks for those who did not have one or could not find one. After they began this community-wide initiative, the two posted updates to social media  on how to create and distribute the masks. Risom posted that he and his wife Laura, who own and operate North Light Fibers, “started making masks from material we have here at the house . . . The fabric should be washable and 100 percent cotton is preferable as it is tightly woven . . . The lining of the mask should be a different color or pattern so it is clear which is the outside,” said Risom.
“We are all working together on the mask effort — a real community effort. Amy and I are doing more of the coordination, logistics and packing,” said Risom. Doran noted there were volunteers reaching out to her who were interested in making the masks.

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