Daines honors Sanders County mask makers

by Clark Fork Valley Press
| May 20, 2020 4:43 PM

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines recognized the Victory Sewers of Sanders County for their tremendous impact on the state of Montana.

According to information from his office, the group, comprising dozens of Montanans, volunteered their time to sew gowns and masks for staff members at Clark Fork Valley Hospital, medical clinics in Thompson Falls and Hot Springs as well as law officers and first responders.

The group has made more than 90 gowns and more than 500 masks. The Victory Sewers are comprised of Montanans from Plains, Paradise, Thompson Falls, Trout Creek and Noxon.

“It is my honor to recognize the Victory Sewers of Sanders County for their efforts to support our health care heroes and those on the front lines of this pandemic,” Daines said. “The compassion and commitment of these extraordinary Montanans are an inspiration to us all.”

Clark Fork Valley Hospital posted on its Facebook page its thanks to various community members for donations of masks and gowns.

They included:

Walmart and Jo-Ann Fabric in Missoula, Blackfoot Communications (group of 12-15 sewers led by Dave Martin), Thrivent Financial, Nanette Blake/Cabinet Mountain Realty, Thompson Falls School District, Eric Nygaard, Michael Magone, Rich Ferris, Mary Egbert w/Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Melody Collette, Jo Carpenter, Janice Bratz, Bonnie Neff, Diane Walters, Mona Cox, Marcia Balich, Kathy Abarr, Judy Hawley, Stitch in Time from Paradise, Judy Hawley, Marla Dykstra, Anna Boom, Terri Hayen, Sandy Thompson, Terri Baker, Carolyn Scott, Carolyn Tourjee, Janis Cates, Helen Ovitt, Delane Johnston, JoAnne Baker, Chris Chicoine (Hamilton MT), Plains Bible Chapel ladies group, Matthew Cooper, Lydia Joe, Sherry McCartney, MaryAnne Peterson, Diedre Manry, Maria, Karen Thomason, Carla McBride, Carol Searl and friend Chery, Diane Willis, Rebecca Gripp, Diane Williams, Diane Lorenzo, Judy Ripka, Rusti Levisted and Eilleen Wendling.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website at daines.senate.gov.