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Cattaraugus County Seeking Donations Of Handmade Masks

LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services is taking donations of handmade masks that it can distribute to health care workers and community members in need.

Officials noted that it is well known that N95, surgical, and other medical masks are in extremely short supply. One alternative is the use of cotton cloth masks that can be handmade. Donation bins are set up to collect homemade mask donations for the coronavirus response. “We ask donors to pre-wash the masks when possible and to include a note with their name, mailing address, and phone number so we know where to send our thanks,” the news items said.

Beginning Wednesday, donations will be accepted at the following locations:

• Cattaraugus County Center Building at 303 Court St in Little Valley. Bin is located just inside the main entrance between the automatic doors. Open during normal County business hours.

• Cattaraugus County Building in Olean at Leo Moss Drive. Bin is located just inside the main entrance between the automatic doors. Open during normal County business hours.

• Hedley Brook Insurance at 818 West State St in Olean. Call 716-474-9429 to arrange a drop off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• Lil’s Diner at 9682 Main Street in Machias, bin available during business hours.

• The Master’s Plan Cafe at 9586 Railroad Street in Dayton, bin available during business hours.

The county said it welcomes offers to set up additional donation collection points at businesses or community organizations by calling 938-9119.

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