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#NeighborhoodHeroes: Mother and daughter make facemasks for DSUSD staff on the front lines

Mother daughter masks - DSUSD

Mother and teacher with Palm Desert Middle School, Wende Hamann, and her daughter Karley, a student at La Quinta High School, are making facemasks for Desert Sands Unified School District staff on the front lines. These staff members are making and distributing thousands of meals.

Wende said, “So we thought, hey we have the time. A great project that has a purpose for the community and an opportunity to spend great time, quality time with my daughter, and teach her how to sew.”

Staff with DSUSD are helping to distribute nearly 20,000 meals to families a day. Wende said, "Our food service workers have run out of masks. And they’re obviously in the public and they’re  handling the food and they need to be protected themselves.” Wende and her daughter said they are helping to keep themselves busy during this time while also being able to help the community. Karley said, “I learned how to sew and I loved every second of it. I think the best part is working my brain, doing something creative, and also hanging out with my mom.” Wende added, “It’s fun, it's therapeutic to do a craft, it’s really fun to do it together, but also to know it’s going to a good cause too.”

Wende said her dining room has been turned into a production line! They say they have enough supplies to keep busy for weeks, one thing they still need more of is time.

Left: Karley Hamann, Right: Wende Hamann

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“I think if we all in the community pitch in the little bit that we have. Whatever it may be or whatever it may look like. We can really see some beautiful things happening in horrible times” said Wende.

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