Phoenixville resident Deb Woolson is helping 94-year-old Mae Krier, one of the famous Rosie the Riveters who used to work in factories during World War II, fill a deluge of requests for masks made from the iconic red-with-white-polka-dots fabric, writes Kellie Gormly for The Washington Post.
Krier has been making red bandanas with white polka dots – as featured on the popular “We Can Do It!” poster – for years. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, she began making masks instead. When somebody posted about her on Honor Rosie, requests started arriving from all over.
So Woolson, Krier’s close friend who runs the Honor Rosie page, started processing the mask requests and sending the finished items out.
The project hits an especially personal note for the Phoenixville woman, who has lost a cousin and a sister-in-law to COVID-19, with her brother still struggling to recover. But the way everybody has been reacting to Krier has renewed her hope.
“She has given Americans a reason to smile and have hope,” said Woolson. “The messages have been amazing, and Mae will read each one of them.”
Read more about the women’s efforts in The Washington Post here.
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