Entering Long County you can’t miss the eclectic décor and storefront of Kadee’s Korner. The Ludowici gift shop is well known for the many hand sewn, handmade gifts put together by owner Karin “Kadee” Dasher.
Looking to help during the coronavirus pandemic Dasher is helping first responders and the community by sewing something that is currently hard to find.
“I’m making masks that are in desperate need,” she said. “You can’t get any masks. The medical staff is running out and they are having to reuse their old masks. If everybody would wear a mask and keep the germs to themselves we would all be a lot safer right now.”
Dasher and her associate are making masks from the time she opens the store until closing. In between the stitching and sewing she is constantly cleaning her store and purposefully packing the masks for pick up.
“People can pick out whatever they want,” Dasher said. “I have a fabric store and I figured we are all safer if everyone has a mask.”
So far she had given masks to folks at Liberty Regional Medical Center, Riceboro Fire Department and the Long County Fire Department.
Long County Fire Department Operations Officer Capt. Nicholas Maxwell said they were blown away by the gesture.
“She absolutely refused to take money for them,” he said. “It was out of the kindness of their heart…and it’s a little bit of PPE (personal protective gear) for us here at the Long County Fire Department.”
Maxwell said the mask will provide some measure of droplet protection protecting his firefighters from exposure from coughs and sneezes they are likely to encounter during their daily routines.
Dasher said she will do her best to keep up with demand. Right now there is a one or two day wait. She added there is no price for safety.
“The masks are free,” she said.
Patty Leon contributed to this report.