By Shelby Berglund-NPHS Senior
North Platte Public Schools art teacher, Katie Berglund has spent the last few days sewing all kinds of face masks as temporary replacements for the CDC due to the shortage. Nearly all the fabric was donated and all masks are made from free-will donation to cover the cost of supplies.
“I’m giving them out for free to anyone that wants or needs one, I gave one to the mailman when he came by today because he is someone who is always out and about and exposed,” Berglund said.
Thinking of essential workers in our community such as nurses and first responders, Berglund thought of how she could help keep her own family members safe, “My sister is a nurse, I was going to make enough for her to take to work and realized that I could make a bunch more for other people.”
Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, all schools in North Platte are out for the year, so Berglund, an art teacher, has had some free time recently.
“I'm not teaching right now so I have time to help people that really need it, especially my students and their families who are immunocompromised.”
Berglund is set up in front of her sister's house, which is in a more convenient spot for anyone to stop by.
“I’ve made 131 masks so far, but I’ve had a lot more requests so I have some family members help me with them,” said Berglund.
A lot of people stopped by today. She has also had requests from surrounding towns to be sent to them. She has worked hard for the last few days just trying to help out in the community,
“I appreciate everyone who has donated fabric or money for supplies. People have been very generous and helpful,” says Berglund.
If you are interested in donating or are in need of a mask, feel free to contact Katie Berglund or Through the Lens of a NE girl on Facebook.