Masks for Rapid City distributes over 13,500 since conception

It takes many hands and collaborative effort to make this endeavor successful.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — When the coronavirus pandemic hit our community, Monument Health contacted Western Dakota Technical Institute to be the leading force to make masks for the Rapid City area.

The group named themselves, “Masks for Rapid City.”

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends those who can’t maintain social distancing, to wear a face covering to help prevent the virus from spreading. With this guidance, Monument Health wanted a way for more community members to have access to masks.

Each mask is made of high-quality fabric acquired from local businesses.

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

The fabric is then cut and washed at a local laundromat and then taken to WDT where it is put into kits, and then handed out to volunteers who sew and return the kits.
After the masks are brought back, they’re washed once more before being handed out. Each kit makes about 20 masks. It takes many hands and collaborative effort to make this endeavor successful.

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Greg Kruskamp, the Senior Project Manager for E.R.P. at Monument Health, says,

“Trying to get the volunteers, just the coordination of the people who want to make a difference, just the collaboration and the coordination of those efforts – it does take a lot of work.”

The group has received generous donations and grant money to fund the mask materials. So far, ‘Masks for Rapid City’ has given out 13,500 masks in what has been a true community effort.

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Stephanie Mayfield, the WDT Dir. of West River Area Health Education Center and Coordinator of Masks for Rapid City, says,

“People are so excited to be able to do their part in kind of a time you know where you don’t have many options of what to do during the day, so it’s been a wonderful outlet for them and they feel so great being able to give back to the community.”

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks can be picked up at WDT. Call the hotline to reserve a pickup time at 605-718-3088. The group could always use more volunteers.

Click here for the group’s Facebook link.

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

Masks for Rapid City, courtesy Facebook

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