“In the first two-and-a-half weeks, us and the volunteers sewed about 13,000 masks,” said Dolter. “And in the next-week-and-a-half we sewed about 17,000 because everybody pitched in and was trying to do their part.”
Dolter said he originally wanted to focus on donating the masks to area hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. However, when the CDC recommended everyone to wear face masks when going out in public, Dolter said masses of people rushed to get his masks.
“I had to limit it to three-per-person per day,” said Dolter. “And it was a solid line of people for 5 hours waiting to get masks. And then you wake up the next day and you do it again. It was intense.”
“You feel an immense amount of stress and anxiety when people are calling you everyday, ‘Hey do you have masks? My mother‘s sick, my father’s sick, I have diabetes, whatever. Can I get a mask,'” said Dolter. “And it’s a really heavy feeling when you’re getting those calls and everyone is scared. All what I was trying to do is take one of those reasons to be scared off their plate.”