Many valiant Kent County warriors are battling the relentless virus COVID-19; however, the stalwart band of tireless workers still needing face mask protection continues to swell.  Escalating the demand for masks, it is now recommended that every adult and child wear a face mask when at risk of exposure. 

The Pilot was pleased to  receive the following heartwarming story from Cheryl Hoopes, one of the Sumner Hall effort organizers, a face mask warrior who describes how so many have generously responded and how many hands are needed to ensure that  badly needed protection is there for them.

By Cheryl Hoopes

When Eric, the manager of our local McDonald’s messaged me last night about acquiring 40 masks for the workers, I told him it would probably be early next week.

There were only 3 masks left after filling one very large order for 120, which was set to go out this morning. (Or was it yesterday morning? In CoronaTime, I’m not quite sure).

I had remaining orders for over 250 more. And only 3 masks.

But today was a new day. So I sat down to sew.

But before I could actually begin, the packages of masks began to pour in, and instead of sewing, I started packing zip locks to fill the orders.

I began packing, one bag at a time: 30 for a home health care group, 34 for another.

In came more.

Continuing: 20 for Autumn Lake.

I thought, “Gosh, could I begin on that list of small orders from the Health Dept, totaling 68?” So I began: 12 for one home, 9 for the next, ticking them off: 14, 15, 8, 10, and that one was done.

Masks continued to be dropped off.

I packed 30 more, then 50, then finally, Eric’s 40 for the McDonald’s workers.

At the end of the day, we’d collected 269!

We’d distributed 272.

When I went through the Drive-Thru at McDonald’s to drop off the masks, Eric was at the window to receive them, then asked to meet me at the front door. When I got close (6 feet) to the entrance, he had some gift cards for me. I said, “Thank you, but I can’t take them. I wasn’t the one sewing all of these; there are people all over the entire community making them! Give them to someone who needs some food.” I laughed and said, “You’ve given me a story.”

So every time you pass the Golden Arches, remember that they’re really saying, “Thank you for your gifts — all 1,755 of them – passed along to so many in this county.”

More orders will come in, but right now, we’ve filled them ALL – because of all of you. Thank you so much!

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Cheryl Hoopes at 410-778-3321 or email her.