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Plush Toy Designer Making Medical Masks For Hospitals In Need

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PARK RIDGE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Regular people continue to step up to help those in need, including a hospital in our area experiencing a shortage in masks.

Suzi Gerace, of Park Ridge, knows her way around a sewing machine and wanted to help amid the coronavirus.

The former plush toy designer, who developed and marketed many of the world’s best-known toys – including “The Madeline doll from the storybook, Arthur, Blue’s Clues, Beatrix Potter, Paddington Bear” – is now putting her skills to an even bigger cause: the global pandemic.

She has an army of volunteers assembling medical masks.

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They’re goal is to produce 20,000 for Valley Hospital in New Jersey.

“It was just an idea that I could get people to donate fabric and I could have people cut and I could have people sew and I could, you know, make a difference by getting more people organized,” Gerace said.

Hospital representatives pick up the masks on her front porch, where social distancing guidelines are strictly followed.

“I put them together with the materials that they need, people will come and pick them up, some of them ,and then they drop them off at the drop-off for the hospital,” she explains.

She’s grateful that she’s able to make a difference.

“It’s been really exciting because you know in this world were powerless over this virus there’s nothing we can do that but there is something we can do and we can help keep people safe,” she said.

Anyone who wants to help can donate to Gerace to help her continue assembling her masks.

She established a website for everyone to offer their services: masksmatternj.Wixsite.Com/help.

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