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Indy leather shop making masks for health care workers

Fountain Squarees Howl + Hide has switched production from its typical leather and canvas bags to face masks for health care workers.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Normally, Fountain Square's Howl + Hide shop is producing quality handbags and leather accessories. But since the Coronavirus outbreak hit, owner Christian Resiak is doing his part for his community by producing hundreds of protective masks for central Indiana hospitals and health care facilities.

"Our goal is set to about 200 masks per day," Resiak said. "We've already donated over 500 to local hospitals, and we have another thousand on deck to be produced this week."

Resiak has friends in the medical industry, and he's recently heard too many stories of desperation to ignore the need for extra protective masks.

"The best face masks to use are those N95 face masks, but we've seen a depletion of those across our country, so what we wanted to do was offer an alternative that's really better than using handmade office supplies that they've been using," Resiak said. "These masks are 100 percent breathable. They're washable as well, which is a really great alternative than using the same mask in between patients."

Resiak said the feedback he's gotten from the health care workers has been amazing.

"The response that we received through social media has been incredible," he said. "From nurses taking photos and tagging us in those photos, to letting us know how much they appreciate these masks that we've been able to provide."

Resiak sees it as just another example of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers in the time of need.

"I knew that within the resources that we had that we could lend a hand in the fight to making these."