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Youth donate tie-dye face masks

Laelia Correa (from left), Hina Wells and Gianna Armbul-Okuda work on tie-dye face masks last month at Maui Economic Opportunity offices in Wailuku. They are part of the MEO Youth Services after-school program that spruced up nearly 250 plain white masks, which were donated to Kula Hospital, Maui Independent Living Center and houseless people through the Salvation Army. — Photo courtesy Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Economic Opportunity’s youth program participants made nearly 250 tie-dye masks last month that will be donated to staff at Kula Hospital, Maui Independent Living Center residents and houseless people through the Salvation Army.

The masks were made during socially distanced after-school gatherings in January at MEO’s Wailuku office. About 100 masks will be donated to Kula Hospital for doctors, nurses and other staff. Other batches went to persons with disabilities at Maui Independent Living Center and the homeless community through the Salvation Army.

The tie-dye-mask idea grew out of the youths’ participation in the annual Maui County Senior Fair, which was held virtually in October. They put together giveaway bags for seniors, and one of the items was a plain white mask, said Jacob Hara, MEO Youth Services program coordinator.

The youths thought they could spruce up those plain masks, which were donated to MEO, he said.

MEO Youth Services provides a development program that focuses on delivering evidence-based prevention curriculum, life-skills education, leadership training, cultural awareness and service-learning activities.

For more information about the program, call 243-4315.

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