Updated: May 22, 2020 05:20 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 04:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- An Albuquerque sewing group got a grant to make more face masks for people most at-risk on getting COVID-19.
The City of Albuquerque gave the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) a $5,000 grant.
Mikyle Gray, with SWOP, says they're paying people who otherwise might not be making any money during the pandemic.
"Immigrant and refugee workers, along with a lot of women workers and young people," Gray said. "They're being shut out of the stimulus checks. They're not being included, and so they're not getting any help. So to provide this opportunity for them to work and get paid and have some stability during this time is one of the goals we wanted to accomplish."
Gray said the seamstresses have made hundreds of masks already, but they have received requests for thousands more.
They're focusing on giving masks to vulnerable people in the state including people who are homeless, immigrants, refugees and Native communities.
"We're going to be doing it as long as we can, as long as the need is there," Gray said. "This is pretty scary because we don't know how long this is going to last and if we can help provide these masks and protective equipment to the community, we're going to keep doing it."
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