NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When Gov. Murphy closed "non-essential" retail stores to slow the spread of Coronavirus, many crafty business owners shifted their talents to the need of the community. 

Linda's Creative Gifts, located at 1259 Springfield Avenue in the Adams Shopping Center in New Providence, had to shutter to the public when the restrictions tightened. Store owner, Linda Tribuna, along with several of her artists, traded their craft for needles and thread to make masks for the residents. 

There have been many groups making these much sought after masks for the healthcare providers and first responders, but Tribuna saw the need to provide them to the residents that now are required to wear a face covering when entering the grocery store or any other business deemed essential.

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Tribuna offers the masks for pick-up at her store for a donation to the New Providence Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Silver Liming Foundation. She recently presented a donation of $700 to the New Providence Volunteer Rescue Squad and plans to present a donation to the Silver Liming Foundation on Tuesday.

Residents can pick up the masks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday while supplies last. (Max two per person.)

Tribuna would like to continue providing face masks to the residents, however, she is in need of more volunteers to sew. She has the kits ready for pick-up. Contact Linda at 908 347-2996 or email

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