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3/29/2020 7:44:00 PM
Cherryville's Own Bailey Dugan Makes Surgical Masks
A stitch in time saves lives
Fourteen-year-old Bailey Dugan shows off one of her homemade surgical masks. The masks are much in demand during this time of anti-virus precautions.
(Photos Courtesy Kelly Dugan)

Fourteen-year-old Bailey Dugan shows
off one of her homemade surgical masks.
The masks are much in demand during
this time of anti-virus precautions.

(Photos Courtesy Kelly Dugan)

(Top) Dugan shows a collection of her masks on this table. (Bottom L-R)Dugan stitches away, working hard on her mom’s sewing machine. This mask features a lovely blue pattern. Dugan demonstrates the masks’ stretchy flexibility.
(Top) Dugan shows a collection of her
masks on this table. (Bottom L-R)Dugan
stitches away, working hard on her
mom’s sewing machine. This mask
features a lovely blue pattern.
Dugan demonstrates the
masks’ stretchy flexibility.


Thomas Lark
Staff Writer


CHERRYVILLE––Bailey Dugan is stitching up a storm.

And it’s all for a good cause. A 14-year-old eighth grader at Chavis Middle School in Cherryville, Dugan is, like her mother, an accomplished sewer. The daughter of Kevin and Kelly Dugan told The Herald on Sunday how she and her mom have, as of now, made some 125 cloth surgical masks to be given away and used by medical professionals in the nation’s ongoing anti-virus efforts.

“She’s really working hard on these,” Mrs. Dugan said of the masks.

Mrs. Dugan explained that she began this effort, and her daughter summarily joined in as well. People may contact Miss Dugan via her Facebook page or the “Project Mask” page, also on Facebook.

“It’s a huge community,” Mrs. Dugan remarked, adding that members share patterns and donate materials and that they created some 15,000 surgical masks last week. “This community just instantly came together. I’ve never experienced such giving.”

The proud mom further extolled her self-effacing daughter’s efforts, and she said her whole family was saddened at the collective plight of both those suffering from the virus and the medical professionals working to treat it.

“It broke my heart,” she revealed, citing a conversation with a nurse in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Dugan also said he was very proud of his daughter.

“She’s probably one of the humblest people I know,” he observed. “She’s never looking for recognition. She just knows what is the right thing and when and how to do it.”

Miss Dugan said she was glad to be involved, contributing in her own small way to a bigger picture of hope and help.

“There’s a lot going on right now,” she said, “and everybody needs all the help they can get.”

Miss Dugan stays very busy. Though a middle school student, she plays the flute and piccolo in the marching band of Cherryville High. She is a member of Girl Scouts of America Troop No. 002257, led by troop leader Roxie Cogdill, at Crouse United Methodist. Mrs. Dugan said the troop normally meets at the church on Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. But it isn’t meeting right now, due to the statewide stay-home edict (part of the conjoined response of local, state and federal authorities in an effort to slow the virus’s proliferation).

Want to join the Dugans in their efforts? Want to donate materials? Call Mrs. Dugan at (386) 956-8322.


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