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There are 55,000 masks making their way through the production line at Mister Bobbin Embroidery in Annville, one headed soon to every household in Lebanon County.
That’s just one purchase from the $2.8 million that Gov. Tom Wolf earmarked for a pro-mask campaign. The money arrived after the governor’s battle with the county over grant money meant to provide economic relief to businesses hurt by the pandemic.
The promotion is called Mask Up Lebanon, with a website that just launched from local marketing agency Fresh Creative.
The Lebanon County commissioners haven’t spent all of that money yet, but the goal is to keep much of it here, said commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.
“We’re trying to use Lebanon County businesses when possible,” she said. “Everyone needs to hear the message in a positive way. You must wear masks. They work. They save lives. You’re doing a patriotic duty by wearing a mask.”
Dave Weaver will have all of his 20 or so employees involved in the creation of the 55,000 masks at Mister Bobbin. The owner for 34 years, he watched some of his business vanish during the pandemic, but mask orders have helped to keep most of his employees in their jobs.
“Several of our customers … they’ve been really impacted, and that’s impacted us as well, so this is helpful,” he said.
Mister Bobbin works with businesses like Hersheypark, Troegs’ Brewing, resorts, colleges and corporate event planners to create work on hats and personal items like cooler bags.
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More businesses have signed on to the campaign, and more can go to the Mask Up website to enroll as contenders.
Fire companies can also get in on the action. Any firefighting organization that puts a Mask Up Lebanon sign tent in front of its firehall for three months will receive $1,000 from that nearly $3 million grant fund.
The county had chosen to go into the yellow phase in May, despite the governor’s order that it remain in the red phase. The withholding of funds followed that tug of war.
The $2.8 million must be spent by Dec. 30.
Litz is worried about the county’s coronavirus numbers.
“In the last two days, two people each day, friends … have told me they’ve contracted the virus. It is here,” she said. “Lebanon County is among the top five in positivity rates. We’re more than double, triple, quadruple than we should to be to be acting like we have no problem.”
Kim Strong can be reached at [email protected]
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