Group Distributes COVID-19 Masks for Community

Posted: July 1, 2020 at 1:36 pm

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, PRECO was honored to receive 100 homemade masks donated by a special group of concerned women aiming to make a difference. Brookside Bluff Condominium Association, where this group resides, is located near Zolfo Springs in Hardee County, offering country-style living and an 18-hole golf course.

The employees of PRECO wish to express their gratitude to this group for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

In her own words

Sandy Hanson, a member of this mask-making group, shares the story in her own words:

At first, a group of women in the park started making masks to give out to our residents for their safety. Then, as COVID-19 spread throughout America, we realized the greater need outside our park.

At least 23 women participated by donating time and materials. They all helped wherever they could or were needed by cutting fabric, ironing and pinning straps, sewing the masks and taking items from house-to-house while we practiced our social distancing. The group made and donated over 4,400 masks.

We donated masks to:


Florida postal workers

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department and Emergency Management

Drivers for UPS, FedEx and others

New York City hospitals

Cleveland Clinic

The Coast Guard in Hawaii

A Navy group in California

Texas Roadhouse in Indianapolis

Masks were mailed to family and friends in Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, England and Canada.

(front- from left) Mary Marr, Sue Loope, Ellie Miller, Sandy Hanson (back row) Nan Whitmore, Robin Schumaker, Lynne Wells, Charlene Letterman, Karen Cain, Jeanie Kiergaard, Jackie Vanderhorst. Other group members who were unavailable for the photo include: Debbie Buuck, Nancy Clough, Linda Cochrun, Donna Decker, Karen Denberger, Carolyn Drake, Tammi Ehmer, Kathy Finck, Yvonne Miller, Marie Nickle, Cathy Shearer, & Regina Vey