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PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILBarb Chatman, first in line at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., gets a mask to help protect against COVID-19 and be able to enter an essential business. PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL CMILBarb Chatman, first in line at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., gets a mask to help protect against COVID-19 and be able to enter an essential business.

More masks on the way

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Legion to hold another weekend distribution

On April 19, Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., offered free masks to those in need of protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 300 masks were handmade by Dorothy and Joe Zassa, along with Mike and Nancy Renick. With the new restrictions that you cannot get into an essential store without a mask, masks have now become a critical and necessary accessory.

The American Legion jumped to the rescue.

Getting the cotton fabric was not a problem, but it took nearly a week to make the masks.

“We had an assembly line, so it went faster with someone cutting the material and me sewing,” Dorothy Zassa said.

There is a great demand.

The official start of the free masks giveaway was 9 a.m.

People were lined up before 8 a.m. to get masks, which were mostly already gone by the 9 a.m. start.

Shari Haney stopped by with snacks.

The Legionnaires have decided to make more masks.

“Too many people walked away without masks. Some of the people needed them for their aging parents. How could we say no?” Zassa said.

If you want to help out, call Zassa at 610-264-2853.

No one needs to know how to sew — there are preparation jobs that need to be done before things are stitched together.

Want to offer moral support? They could use that, too! Donations are also welcome.

The next distribution, scheduled for April 26, will not start before 9 a.m.