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Local Artist Makes Masks for a Cause

“Buy One, Give One” Program Helps Protect Scranton Officers


For every mask sold, Valerie Kiser Design will donate a mask to the Scranton Police Department.

Many people are making their own masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including Valerie Kiser, a designer and artist from Scranton. Kiser’s designs often decorate shirts, pillows, home goods and more. Now during the coronavirus crisis, she’s using her skills and supplies to sew masks.

As a way to give back to the community, Kiser started a “Buy One, Give One” program. For every mask purchased, she will donate a mask to the Scranton Police Department.



Earlier this month, health and government officials began urging people to wear masks in public. When the new guidelines came out, Kiser started thinking about making masks for her family and friends. Soon, local business owners also reached out, asking if she could make masks for their employees.

“I also have good friends who are nurses and police officers, and hearing how they don’t have enough PPE or need slip covers for one or two pieces of PPE was enough motivation for me to start making masks right away and try to create some community giveback in the process,” Kiser said.



Kiser researched mask designs, watched mask-making videos online and tried out different patterns before launching the final product.

“It’s important to understand that not all masks are one-size-fits-all when making or buying a mask for yourself or others,” Kiser pointed out.

That’s why she created a design for narrow, oval-shaped faces and another for square or round-shaped faces. She also made sizes for youth and adults and is working on a design for toddlers.

And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information, visit Geisinger’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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