Spearfish company enlisting creative help to make masks for healthcare workers

SPEARFISH, S.D. — A Black Hills company in makeSPACE – Spearfish Partnership for Arts, Cycling, and Equity, decided they wanted to enlist local creatives into making masks for healthcare workers.

Board Chairman of makeSPACE Elizabeth Freer, got the idea watching stories in the media about people making masks. Because of that, the creative space has been distributing fabric to the community, patterns included, to make personal protective equipment.

On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, volunteers will drop off the items to community volunteers looking to help make masks.

“Support from the community is amazing,” Freer said. “I’m really excited about the project personally because I think it gives community members a sense of hope and a sense of purpose.”

Spearfish Community Foundation awarded a $1,500 dollar grant to makeSPACE.

Friends of the Northern Hills Training Center and The South Dakota Community Foundation then matched that amount to keep the effort going. Almost 400 masks have been made since starting a week ago.

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