ROUNDUP: Central Texans' efforts to provide masks to those who need them

The sportswear company is offering fabric masks for individuals and in bulk. (Courtesy Sand Socks Inc.)
The sportswear company is offering fabric masks for individuals and in bulk. (Courtesy Sand Socks Inc.)

The sportswear company is offering fabric masks for individuals and in bulk. (Courtesy Sand Socks Inc.)

Read more about Central Texans who are contributing masks to front-line workers and other residents alike.

Sportswear company in Buda shifts gears to make masks

Sand Socks Inc., a small beach sportswear company in Buda, has switched its business model to offer fabric masks for individuals and in bulk during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of Sun City residents volunteer time to make masks for Williamson County

Hundreds of Sun City residents have volunteered time, materials and skills to make masks for the Williamson County Mask Brigade, according to a news release.

VIDEO: Meet 2 Hutto residents creating face masks during the coronavirus pandemic

During a global pandemic that has had firsthand effects on Hutto's local businesses, schools, city operations and community, one mother-daughter duo has taken it upon themselves to provide masks for those on the front lines.

Southwest Austin organizations churn out masks for neighbors, essential workers

With the city of Austin and Travis County’s announcements that masks covering the nose and mouth are now mandatory for residents when out in public, a number of local businesses and groups have begun selling and donating cloth masks. Here are a few local sources for cloth masks in South Austin in Dripping Springs who are working to get masks to neighbors and essential workers in need.

Williamson County seeks volunteers to help make masks

Williamson County is asking for residents' help to make masks for first responders and medical personnel as they fight against the coronavirus.

MAP: 3 places to drop off homemade masks for Round Rock health care workers, first responders

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, surgical masks remain in short supply across the world and close to home. Volunteers who are sewing surgical masks now have three drop-off locations in Round Rock to donate masks to local first responders and health care workers.

Georgetown High School teacher 3D-prints 500 face shields for Williamson County health care workers

Robert Thomas, the facilitator of the Eagle Innovation Center at Georgetown High School, is working to custom face shields to help protect front-line workers in Williamson County using the center's 3-D laser cutter machine, a news release said.

Dripping Springs ISD engineering program makes 3-D printed face shields for the medical community

Jad Jadeja, a Dripping Springs High School engineering teacher, said his goal is to prepare students to hit the ground running when real-life applications of their learning come into play—and during the coronavirus pandemic, they have done exactly that. Jadeja and several of his students are using 3-D printers to produce face shields—clear coverings used in addition to nose and mouth masks that prevent splatter from coughs as health care professionals treat infected patients.

Evelin Garcia, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Olivia Aldridge and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.


Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine wait after receiving their shot at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Snow and ice cover the pond on the southeastern side of the Mueller development in East Austin in February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin ISD is holding community conversation sessions April 12-May 6. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A resident at EdenHill Communities receives their second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
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