Robbinsdale Lions Crochet Ear Savers as Fundraiser for NEAR Food Shelf
A group of Robbinsdale residents are crocheting ear savers to prevent painful ear marks due to mask wearing.
Renee Buchanan, a member of the Robbinsdale Lions, started making mask extenders in April for those on the front lines. The response was overwhelming with one person at a local home ordering 150 ear savers to give to her staff. The cotton extenders have gone as far as Washington State, Oregon and California.
Robbinsdale Lions member Colleen Patterson also helped Buchanan make ear savers. Patterson said it takes five minutes to crochet one. Mask extenders come in different sizes.
“We have now started to think about kids going back to school and teachers. Anybody who wears masks for long periods of time are who we target,” explained Patterson.
Each ear saver costs $2. The proceeds are split between Beacon of Hope food shelf in north Minneapolis and NEAR food shelf in Crystal.
“We were able to give Beacon over $1,800 through Aug. 15,” Buchanan told CCX News. “When the NEAR food shelf reopened, they also needed support.”
To order cotton ear savers you can visit the Robbinsdale Lions Ear Saver Facebook page.