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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 22: Imelda Aldave sews cloth face masks for health care workers at the home of her nephew, UNLV School of Nursing assistant professor Dr. Rhigel Jay Tan (not pictured), amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Tan, a licensed nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health, designed and makes custom-made face shields called "iCareFaceShields" for about 40 cents each using a piece of polyethylene foam cut from a pool noodle, a sheet of projector transparency film, and an elastic band. He also makes the cloth face masks that he calls "iCareMasks" for about USD 1.20. Since he began making them with help from friends and family about two weeks ago, Tan has donated more than 350 face shields and 120 masks to Las Vegas-area hospitals and medical facilities. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

55-year-old Deb Siggins of Iowa began making cloth masks for healthcare workers after her local hospital began experiencing shortages amid the coronavirus outbreak. She initially set a goal to donate 100 masks to medical workers. Then her family and friends began requesting masks of their own. Deb has since made more than 400 masks. She realized that she couldn’t hand them directly to her neighbors so she decided to hang them on a local tree so passerby can take the masks at their leisure.