Singing River Electric co-op family makes masks for local hospitals

Three talented individuals in the Singing River Electric family are doing what they can to support our local medical community. SRE retiree Carole Merritt, Grace Allgood, daughter of SRE foreman Gary Allgood, and SRE accounts payable clerk Nikki Stork are making masks and donating them to area hospitals.

“My granddaughter works at Forrest General Hospital on the floor with Coronavirus patients, and they don’t have enough masks to go around,” said Merritt. “It breaks my heart to know they’re on the front lines and having to deal with these shortages.”

Carole Merrit making masks
Carole Merritt makes masks to donate to local hospitals.

Merritt is sending her masks to Greene County Hospital and Forrest General Hospital and is also giving them to friends who work at other area hospitals and who have compromised immune systems but still have to be in the public.

With a daughter, granddaughter and other close family members and friends working as nurses, Merritt has a tender spot for them and is happy to help.

Grace Allgood loves to sew and is happy to help in this time of need. Since she couldn’t find elastic, Grace’s design is like a surgical mask that ties in the back. Her masks are going to Singing River Health System and its Regional Cancer Center.

Nikki Stork is busy with work, school and her family but still finds time to sew a few masks. Nikki’s mother works at the VA Hospital in Biloxi, so she of course sent a supply for her mother and her co-workers. She also gives masks to individuals who express a need on Facebook, contacting them one at a time to make the offer.

Thank you to Carole, Grace and Nikki for bringing some happiness and hope to our local communities and sharing the co-op spirit!

Grace Allgood with masks made for hospitals
Grace Allgood shows some of her masks before donating them.