Deb Siggins lives in Lisbon, a town in Iowa, United States. She began making homemade masks in late March after hearing about a local hospital’s request for mask donations. “My goal was to make 100 and donate them to the hospital, but then my friends and family wanted some, too,” Siggins explained during an interview. After donating the batch she made for the hospital, Deb continued to make more masks for her community. Currently, Deb has made more than 400 masks. When it was time to start giving out the masks to other townspeople, Deb realized it would be hard to give them away while practicing social distancing. She came up with the idea of hanging the masks on a tree near her house. People who need masks are able to come up to the tree and get them free of charge. Deb advertised her “mask tree” on Facebook to alert the people of her town, and it became a big hit! When asked about her tree’s popularity, Deb said it was “really cool” and that she feels good to see people use her masks.
Ray Hong Staff Reporter
1. Why did Deb Siggins come up with the idea of hanging the masks on a tree near her house?
1. What do you think about a mask tree made by Deb?