BELMAR, NJ— For Antoinette Raucci, wedding and prom season is usually in full bloom this time of year at her boutiques in Belmar and Brick.

“Normally, we’d be selling wedding gowns and prom dresses. But not this year with everything going on,” said the Belmar resident.

Instead, she and her staff at Antoinette Rose have been making face masks to donate to health care workers at local nursing homes and medical offices, among others who have reach out to her. “We appreciate their hard work and their rapid call to action to help our community,” Raucci said. “We wanted to do something nice … to give back.”

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With over 500 masks distributed so far, her volunteer team is looking to make even more with the help of customers. Through Antoinette Rose's recently opened online store, a portion of every sale to be used toward the purchase of additional supplies to keep the mask-making effort going.

“Anything you purchase will go toward making these masks,” said Raucci, pointing to items that range from custom-designed gift baskets for any occasion to CBD creams for chapped hands in these days of harsh hand sanitizers.

For more information, visit its online store or contact the boutique at 732-477-3477 or

For the latest details and to view a video on the effort, visit its Facebook page by clicking here

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