Fayetteville residents sew face masks, assemble care packages for children during COVID-19 pandemic

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Mary Valentine likes to sew beautiful creations for her grandkids. Now she’s putting her skills to work to sew masks for health care workers.

“I’m a widow and I’m sitting at home, so it gives me something to do,” Valentine said.

Valentine’s daughter works with hospice patients. She knows just how much masks are needed right now.

“I figured maybe I can save a couple people, you know? Here’s hoping,” Valentine said.

Meanwhile, volunteers with the Vision Resource Center are putting together care packages for children. One of the recipients, Darian, is visually impaired.

“When we pulled up here today, Darian was upstairs on his balcony waiting for us. So they’re really excited to get the treats,” said Monica Turner. “I mean, they’ve been housebound for a couple of weeks, so this is a good distraction for them.”

The center is lending Darian a $600 gadget that helps magnify his homework so he can see it.

“His vision dampens his ability to learn at the rate other children would,” said his mom Elaine Artis.

The Vision Resource Center had to cancel its spring break program for kids, but it is still doing what it can to reach families while they’re at home.

“It’s definitely heartwarming,” Artis said.

“We’re a family,” Turner added.

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