New Hartford resident offering free Easter masks

Masks were really growing on trees in one New Hartford neighborhood. Cheryl Peters a sewer who lives on Merritt Place handmade hundreds of masks for anyone who needed one.

Posted: Apr 12, 2020 6:23 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. ---Masks were really growing on trees in one New Hartford neighborhood. Cheryl Peters a sewer who lives on Merritt Place handmade hundreds of masks for anyone who needed one. 

"I don't want them to be afraid. I know there's a lot of people out there that aren't essential workers that are afraid. I just want them to be able to put on a mask and go to the store and feel secure when they're doing it," said Peters.

Her neighbors are thankful too. Many walking and driving by were admiring the tree. Some even stopping and taking one for themselves.

Cheryl's neighbor Mary Carole was one of Cheryl's first customers. Her husband is currently undergoing cancer treatments.

"I was able to get my first mask from Cheryl she does tailoring and stuff for a lot of people. But she was the first to contact me. My husband currently is going through cancer treatments, and she knew that we were probably going to be needing some masks for our family. So she was the first one to provide them for us," said Carole.

But Cheryl said that every mask that she sees taken off of the tree, she said it brightens her day because she knows they're going to good use.

Cheryl said she will keep "restocking" the tree as long as there's a need.

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