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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Elaine DiDario and her 16-year-old son, Dillion of Basking Ridge, created handmade masks for healthcare workers at Morristown Medical Center. The two were inspired by a Facebook post from Elaine Edge, Co-President of Somerset Hills Twig, that read, "hoping all of our TWIG members and your families are safe. For any of you who know how to sew, your support is appreciated.”  The post included a link to the Atlantic Health website requesting donations of face marks.

 “I had already been thinking, what can we do to help locally,” said Elaine. “Our family believes in service to others, but we also take the stay at home and social distancing orders seriously.  Everyone in our household has underlying health conditions. We have three asthmatics, two with compromised immune systems, and one of us is older.”  

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 When I saw the post, “I thought, I know how to sew, but I didn’t have the elastic and enough other items to make face masks. Thankfully, another Somerset Hills Twig member, Rae Kritzmacher, posted that she received an email from Fabricland in Greenbrook, who was creating kits of 25 masks for sewers.”

 “We worked for three days sewing face masks. Thank goodness I taught Dillon to sew five years ago when we hemmed the basement curtains together,” said Elaine. 

 The mother-son duo delivered the masks on Saturday, March 28. “The kind man at the hospital said, wow, these are the nice ones, thank you. It warmed our hearts!” said Elaine.

 “We are grateful for the opportunities and communications that got us to the Fabricland kits.  We wanted to help the heroes on the front lines. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those angels on Earth as we unite to assist one another using our individual abilities through this tough time.  I have faith we will get through this together. My hope is that everyone stays safe, sane, positive and healthy,” Elaine said.

 The Women’s Association Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) is a charity that exists to provide financial and volunteer support to Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children's Center, and Simon Cancer Center.  The WAMMC has six ‘twigs’ or branches, each work toward the common goal of advancing the quality of healthcare for our community.  The Somerset Hills Twig is composed of women living in Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack and the surrounding area. This Twig, which was formed in 2015 has donated over $20,000 to programs at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center.  For more information visit, www.wammc.org.