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Local couple creates 1500 free masks during the COVID-19 outbreak

Local couple creates 1500 free masks during the COVID-19 outbreak
Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 22:11:29-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — Leticia and Chris Rivera are staying productive, by trying to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, by making free fabric masks.

"If I had to guess I would have to say [we have made] about 1500," said Leticia Rivera. "We are averaging about 100 a day, between me and my mom."

The Rivera's are Bakersfield residents, who share that they were inspired to create these masks made out of various materials.

"Our intentions when we make these masks are for them to go to the people who are asking for it— the families and the co-workers," said Chris Rivera." It's not to be put online and sold for profit. We are aware that this might have happened before, so we are a little more careful."

Since the last time 23ABC spoke to the couple, people from across the country have reached out to them, wanting to follow suit and help in their mission.

"The most rewarding part is that I have a friend from Delano who called me and she was inspired by our story," Leticia Rivera said.

"Another friend on Facebook as well called, and she has never sewn a day in her life, but she picked it up. Now, she has made masks for her co-workers."

The masks, when ordered through their Facebook, will then be placed outside of their home in personalized bags with names, for pickup.
So, there is never direct interaction.

We want to tell people it's not 100 percent, but its better than nothing to protect themselves," said Chris Rivera.

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