Durant woman gives away more than 4,500 masks through porch pickup

Published: Aug. 2, 2020 at 10:30 PM CDT
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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - A Durant woman has made and given out more than 4,500 masks through a porch pick-up system.

“I wasn’t the one who started it, mom did, I didn’t even know how to sew,” Katrina Rawls-Daniels said.

Rawls-Daniels said when the pandemic first started, her mom noticed some essential workers did not have masks.

So she decided to make them for local employees at places like grocery and convenient stores and in the process, she taught her daughter how to sew.

“Then I kind of kept up with it, now at this point I’ve done a little over 4,500 masks off of my porch starting about April,” Rawls-Daniels said.

Now, if you drive by her house on Parkland Drive in Durant, you will see a clothes line filled with masks all for free, for anyone in need.

She said as COVID-19 cases have gone up in Bryan County and with the school year approaching, she has been busy.

“We had a brief lull and now I can’t make them fast enough, seriously at least six hours a day I’m sewing,” Rawls-Daniels said.

She makes about 60 masks daily, and said anyone can take up to four per day.

“The world is in chaos and I’m just as stressed out as everybody else and this makes me feel a little bit like I’m in control, like I have something I can do to help,” Rawls-Daniels said.

She said she is working hard to make sure people who need masks get them.

“I’m sewing every day this line has only been entirely empty for maybe three days since April,” Rawls-Daniels said.

She runs entirely off of fabric donations.

She has had to buy a few other things out of pocket, but people in her community have helped supply her with material.

“As long as people are willing to donate material and as long as people are willing to come get free masks I’ll keep making them,” Rawls-Daniels said.

Pick up is available at 1125 Parkland Drive in Durant.

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