Face masks on Lakewood ‘giving tree’ are being given away for free

Updated: Jun. 18, 2020 at 12:50 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Lakewood residents can now grab a face mask off of the “giving tree,” which is located outside of the Blackbird Baking Company on Sloane Avenue.

“A few months ago, I had some family and friends reach out and they said they couldn’t afford masks and they were desperate for help. So, I said this is a problem people aren’t talking about,” said Kira Krivosh, co-founder of Giving Tree Project.

State Sen. Nickie Antonio is the other co-founder of the Giving Tree Project. Both ladies saw a need in their community and decided to do something about it.

“We’ve recruited a large amount of amazing sewers and what we do is we help supply them fabric,” said Krivosh.

The masks on the tree are of course free. Krivosh just asks for people to only take two masks and hand wash them before wearing them.

Krivosh says their first Giving Tree was in Rocky River.

“We’re hoping to reach out into Cleveland next and just continue to help people,” said Krivosh.

Krivosh and her team will continue to restock the Lakewood “giving tree” with masks every business day.

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