Eau Claire (WQOW) - Employees from the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center are doing their part to keep the community safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Volunteers at the nonprofit, which provides jobs and services to people with disabilities and disadvantages, said they saw a local need for more masks and decided to take action.
Volunteers began making masks for employees and their families, using inventory from the center's upholstery department. Then, they started to produce more masks to donate to local hospitals and various healthcare facilities.
Volunteers said the next step is to try and provide masks for the general community.
"With the material that we have and through the recent donations, we're hoping to make at least 40,000 or more," said Angela Kjellberg, the center's marketing coordinator. "We'll just see what we can produce and keep up. Making these masks is our way of giving back to the community, because the community has supported us for so many years."
The volunteers are making the masks using a pattern from the Marshfield Clinic Health foundation, and are now producing one mask in under three minutes.
The L.E. Phillips Career Development Center is accepting both monetary and material donations. You can reach organizers at 715-834-2771 for more information.