Immigrant mask makers provide pandemic PPE

NORTHAMPTON — When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. last March, lockdowns left many without jobs, while public safety measures created a scramble for face masks to protect against virus transmission.

A Northampton group, im2: Immigrant Mask Makers of Western Massachusetts, soon after went to work creating masks — and jobs — during the crisis. Today, the team, consisting of 16 immigrant women and co-founders Amy Ben-Ezra and Allie Aguirre, have sewn and coordinated the creation of hundreds of masks.

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