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Woman Creates Giving Tree with Homemade Face Masks

A Lisbon, Iowa, woman has gone above and beyond to make sure her neighbors have access to masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


On a tree near her house, Deb Siggins, an avid knitter, started hanging homemade masks for anyone who needs one. "My goal was to make 100 and donate them to the hospital, but then my family and friends wanted some too," Siggins told ABC's Good Morning America. So after outfitting health care workers and loved ones, she decided to sew masks for her co-workers, local firefighters and grocery store employees.  She came up with the idea to put her creations on a tree when she realized it was difficult to practice social distancing while handing them out.


"It was hard to reach everybody so I just put on Facebook that I had a mask tree." Siggins said she and her husband typically decorate the tree for holiday celebrations, like Christmas and Easter.


"Instead of hiding eggs in the tree, we put masks on it," she said.  She and her husband watched as people visited the tree: "It was really cool to see people driving up, grabbing a mask and leaving. ... It's been a hit. " Siggins, who works at a doctor's office, donated the supply she made to the hospital and then kept going. She estimates her current count is over 400 masks. The crafty woman felt driven to use her skills to help out during the coronavirus pandemic, she explains. "I just felt like [my sewing] is a gift that I could put it towards other people because it's a gift that God has given me," she said.

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