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Steph Chambers

Local woman makes/donates face masks

Cindy McCune has been making masks 14 hours a day for one month to fulfill orders via Facebook.

She only asks for donations for her materials.

So far she has made over 400 masks with a wait list through the end of April.

“I don’t want to make money off of people’s misfortune,” McCune said. “It was my way of feeling helpful. Over the years I’ve done factory work, warehouse work, assembly work … it all accumulated together. It’s a form of comfort not only for me, but for the people I do it for. If it makes them feel safer then that’s what it’s all about.”


Cindy McCune poses for a portrait with her homemade masks on her porch in Rankin.
Cindy McCune shows masks she made that are ready to be picked up from her porch.
Casonta Veney of Swissvale, a nurse and care manager at UPMC Presbyterian, picks up her homemade masks made by Cindy McCune on Friday, April 17, 2020, in Rankin.
Cindy McCune places masks she made into a brown bag so they are ready for pick up from her porch.