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Fighting The Virus One Mask At A Time

Prairie Mountain Health Assistant Val Gilkison has made – and given away – nearly 2,000 face masks, many of them with fun and colorful images.

Masks to fight the spread of COVID-19 are recommended but not yet required in Lane County public spaces. But, Bethel’s Val Gilkison is ready to help should conditions here worsen.

The Prairie Mountain Health Assistant has made nearly 2,000 masks since schools were closed in March.

Instead of cashing in, Val has given all of them away to hospitals, first responders, her family, friends, members of her church, and Bethel staff.

She knows her way around a sewing machine, and it didn’t take long for Val to find a pattern that was universal.

Knowing that the masks help asymptomatically infected folks from unknowingly spreading the disease, Val has no intention of slowing down.

4 Responses to Fighting The Virus One Mask At A Time

  • Nurse Val is amazing!!! She is so dedicated in taking care of all the Prairie Mountain students it is no surprise she wants to take care of everyone. Thank you for all you do.

  • This is no surprise but a grateful thank you to Val..I see her care and attention to our students every day she is such an important part of our Prairie Mountain family..miss you all so much..this share makes us all feel just a bit more connected.

  • I, for one have been wearing at least one of the masks made by this very nice lady. I get many compliments on it every time I wear it when I go to any store to do my shopping and wore it daily when serving the meals at Fairfield Elementary School.

    Thank you for being so caring and generous. Val Gilkison. You rock!

  • Three Cheers for Val! I too have a face mask by Val. Thanks Val, for your weekly deliveries of face masks when we moved to distance learning.

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