Just before the holidays, CEO Cassandra Harris-Lockwood made the rounds to the Utica Food Bank, The Johnson Park Center, the Thea Bowman House, Mr. Marianne Westside Kitchen and the Boutique delivering thousands of handmade masks to distribute to those in need. Pictured on the cover with Rep. Marianne Buttenschon and Utica Food Bank director Chief Russell Brooks, Harris-Lockwood makes delivery to the Food Bank.
The 100% cotton, 2 ply, washable and reversible masks were made by Layers of Love, a group of Volunteers from the Waterville area who sew masks for free distribution in the Central NY area. The masks come in all sizes to fit the entire family from extra-large for men to preschool sizes with adorable patterns and designs.
Harris-Lockwood said, “My sister-in-law, Susannah Lockwood Quayle is one of the leaders in Layers of Love. During this pandemic they have made over 9,000 masks and made them available to the public. Suzy made it possible for us to partner with Layers of Love to keep our Urban community safe by getting these masks to outlets that serve the most vulnerable in our area. We are grateful and happy to be a part of this important work to keep people safe.”
Garro Drugs on Bleecker St in downtown Utica is also a location for people to ask for these masks.
If you would like to help out Layers of Love go to https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8q6y5w7qjX as they rely on donations to buy supplies.