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Business owner makes masks to benefit Franklin County Animal Shelter

Janet Kennedy in her fabric store- Imelda's Fabric and Design.

NEW SHARON - Janet Kennedy has taught herself to sew everything from pillow cases, suit jackets, purses and toys; but the owner of Imelda's Fabric and Designs never thought she would be learning to sew face masks for a worldwide pandemic. The quick spread of COVID-19 has brought quilters out of the woodwork to produce face masks that have been proven to slow the spreading illness. Kennedy created her own pattern and began sewing. Before she knew it she had sewn well over 500 masks, each one easily finding a home with the growing demand.

"It blew up pretty fast," she said.

Kennedy charged $5 for each mask and in little time had made $2,500 which she donated to the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Kennedy sits on the Board of Directors for the shelter, and knew that with restrictions from COVID-19 the annual yard sale fundraiser would likely not happen.

"I was concerned they wouldn't get the money they usually bring in," she said. "This is a time when we all need to stick together and do what we can to make life easier for everybody."

Kennedy gave many face masks away for free to those that needed them, and eventually began selling them to support her shop. As a fabric supply store Kennedy was considered an essential business from the beginning and said she didn't see much difference in business after social distancing shut down most of the state.

"People needed fabric for masks. It really didn't affect me too much," she said.

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7 Responses »

  1. Janet is an amazing, talented and creative lady and is a very kind hearted person!

  2. Janet thank you for all you have done. It's people like you who give so much make us proud to be part of this community

  3. What a kind thing to do! Thanks,Janet!!

  4. Janet.....your the best

  5. Thank you for all your work, Janet! You are an inspiration!

  6. Thanks everyone for your kind works. We all need to do our share, however we are capable of doing. ❤️

  7. Janet even mailed masked to family in other states when they were impossible to find. Imelda's Masks have been used to help stop the spread of COVID 19 in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania...maybe even other states.

    Thanks, Mom for taking care of me, even states away.

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