Originally published by CBS Medford – August 26, 2020
A Klamath Falls family used their upholstery business to help make over 5,000 masks for community members during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Burnette family was set to open the business just before Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s stay at home order went into effect in March.
“Our business was set to open on May 18th, but then the shutdown happened, we decided to turn our shop into mask making and the children helped,” said Brad Burnette.
Burnette said his kids, McKenzie Burnette and Collier Burnette respectively 9 and 11 years old dove right in to help the community.
Brad said the kids would help up to 6 hours a day and balance the work with their schoolwork.
“Mind you our kids go to school on a virtual academy through Cascade Virtual Academy and they have never missed a day of school and would do their work and help with the patterns, and help make the masks,” Danielle Burnette said.
The family said they wanted to make the masks to protect their community members.
“We’ve given away over 5,500 to front line workers across the nation, anyone that needs one can just contact us,” Danielle said.
She said she understands how important wearing a mask is, as she has family members are frontline workers.
“We wanted to help because we have family on the front line, our daughter is a medical assistant, our sister in law is a registered nurse and we want to protect those in the community,” she said.
“It felt really good to make masks with my family and help the community,” 9-year-old McKenzie Burnette, who helped make the masks said.
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