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Nevada 4-H youth and their families making face masks for their communities

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:41:58-04

When the Elko County Emergency Operations Center put in a call March 31 to their local University of Nevada, Reno office saying they needed face masks, Extension’s 4-H youth and their families swung into action, making masks not only for the Operations Center, but also for their local School District nutrition services workers who are helping to serve lunches to students who receive free and reduced meals.

Similarly, 4-H youth and their families in White Pine County were early responders to the need for masks, and are busy making masks for the William Bee Ririe Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely.

Now, Nevada 4-H has launched a statewide effort to help provide face masks needed in Nevada communities.

Businesses and others not involved in 4-H can help with the mask-making project by providing mask materials or funds for materials.

Some businesses have already stepped up to provide fabric, and JoAnn Fabrics and Craft Store (a national 4-H supporter), is providing a 15 percent discount to 4-H members and leaders, for example.

Those not currently involved in 4-H who wish to contribute to the Nevada 4-H face mask effort should contact:
- In northern Nevada, Sarah Chvilicek at sarahc@unr.edu
- in southern Nevada (Clark and Lincoln Counties, and Pahrump Area), Nora Luna, lunan@unr.edu