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Benton woman sews protective masks

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BENTON MASK MAKER

BENTON (WSIL) -- Melanie Potts is making the most of her free time during the “stay at home” order. She’s making masks.

“It’s a 16x9 square," she says, "and I sew elastic into it and we pleat it so that when they put it on, they can pull it over their nose and chin and protect themselves.”

Potts estimates that she’s already made nearly 200 of these masks, “I delivered another batch of 50 yesterday and I’ve got orders for several more.”

She’s even had request for children-sized masks, for little ones with compromised immune systems.

She held up one mask and explained, “There’s a little boy with a heart condition that this one is going to and he likes Batman."

There’s a reason Melanie is putting her time and effort into this project. She knows firsthand the importance of doctors and nurses through her own medical emergency… a severe case of septic shock that left her hospitalized for nearly seven weeks.

Her eyes filled with tears as she explained, “This is my way to give back, because I had great doctors and nurses and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. So, I wanted to do something to say, thank you.”

Mark Kiesling

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