BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School postgrad Nicholas Alfonso and his brother, Sebastian, are doing their part to help those in need by making their own masks as part of the Somerset County Mask Squad.
Under their own business, Alfonso Craft Shop, the brothers are making masks every day to be donated to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
In December, Alfonso said, he and his brother started the craft business, with the goal of making projects for families for the holidays. They made around 1,000 crafts at the beginning, the first being a Christmas fabric ornament.
From there, they had a goal to make Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter crafts.
“I became a salesman, and it is my job to deliver the crafts to customers around BRHS,” Alfonso said.
His brother became a co-crafter.
“He’s the greatest,” Alfonso said of his brother. “All the people have been satisfied and really enjoyed our crafts.”
When the quarantine began, the brothers decided to do more for the community, and joined the Somerset County Mask Squad as of March 27 to make masks.
The squad was created by Bridgewater resident Jennifer Loughran, and they have already distributed more than 2,000 masks, as of April 4, with a goal of 100,000 masks in total.
Alfonso said people they have made crafts for before have donated elastic and ribbons for the masks they have been working on. In six days, they made 100 masks, all to be donated to the hospital.
Alfonso said they are just trying to help.
“It is our goal to help everyone protect their families and friends from COVID-19,” he said.