Mask Up For ME has a new video out with some familiar faces, including the great George Hale, Larry Geaghan, and U Maine mascot Bananas!

I personally know two people who have contracted COVID in the last few weeks, luckily for me, I was not in contact with either of them in the last few months, but that really enforces the point to me that it’s important to wear a mask, now more than ever. Yes, it’s a pain in the butt, it’s uncomfortable, but I am more than willing to make that sacrifice to stay healthy.

With kids heading back to the classroom, now is a great time to get into the habit of making sure you have their masks ready to go before you send them off for the day. I personally have got into the habit off leaving my keys, wallet, and phone all in the same area so I make sure to never leave my mask behind.

Mask Up for ME allows everyone in our community to show off their generosity and care for others by wearing a face covering in public places. Mask Up for ME also gives people a place to donate homemade cloth face coverings to supply those who are without.

Local residents who need face coverings and can’t supply their own masks are able to obtain them through their community partners’ distribution locations. Donated face coverings are free for the taking, professionally cleaned and packaged before being distributed.

You can help by making a financial donation to the United Way of Eastern Maine’s community face covering fund. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of reusable, cloth face coverings for those who cannot supply their own. https://chlb.me/mask-up-for-me/ gives you the option to donate $10, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford.

These masks are distributed to non profit organizations throughout the region and be available for individuals to access at specific locations in the community. Individuals needing a mask should reach out to their primary care providers directly, or contact Penquis at (207) 973-3500.

John Palmer and his wife Sonja have become local legends around these parts. You may remember them for their hysterical outtakes from the “Buttery Flaky Crust” blooper commercial Dysart’s ran a few years back. They have masked up for ME too!