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Huron, Ohio Native Making Face Masks During Coronavirus Crisis

PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Giving back comes naturally to Alyssa Fuller.

The 2019 Huron, Ohio High School graduate and Kent State freshman is using her sewing skills to help make face masks while they are difficult to access amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fuller was attending classes at Kent State’s main campus when in-person classes were canceled for the remainder of the spring semester. She needed to move out of her dorm quickly, so she went back to her family in Perkins Township.

Fuller is earning a degree in fashion design. She hopes to one day start her own fashion brand.

Her mother, Nichole Wade, saw an article about sewing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. It included instructions about how to make them.

“I thought it was a pretty good idea,” Fuller said. “It’s technically my spring break, so I don’t have anything to do. This was perfect timing.”

Fuller is still taking online classes, but her major is very hands-on, and she’s not receiving the studio time she would at college. Her parents turned their dining room into a space for her sewing machine and materials.

“It was still important for us to make it feel like she had a place to have studio time when we moved her back from college,” Wade said. “We didn’t want her to have all these online classes and not have any physical work to do.”

Wade and her husband, Russ, also teach their children to give back and to not demand something in return, she said.

Fuller turns on music and works on sewing masks for a couple of hours each day. She said sewing is relaxing for her and said her favorite part is seeing the finished product.

With practice, Fuller has gotten faster at making the masks. She said it takes her about 10 minutes to make one. Each mask is made with 100 percent cotton fabric and elastic.

She’s made more than 40 masks so far and donated some to organizations like OHgo and Sandusky City Schools for volunteers with its lunch distribution program.

Fuller hopes she’s making a difference. She said she’ll continue to make masks for as long as she has time.

“When people like her have skills, this is the best time to come together and use those skills,” Wade said. “Hopefully more people can help and do the same thing.”

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