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As of June 19, St. Petersburg Lodge member and Americanism Chair, Katherine "Kat" Chaplin, has made and given away 900-plus face masks for free to friends and fellow Elks. The masks are located in a bin in the lodge lobby and are also available for pickup at her residence. Recipients come from some of the lodge’s 1,500 members who also have spouses, kids and family. Chaplin lives in a mobile home park and gives them out there and has left word at their clubhouse. The lodge also posts the information on Facebook to contact the lodge or Chaplin for a mask and it is also posted in the lodge bulletin. Each mask takes 15 minutes to make; that’s more than 225 hours of Chaplin’s time. She donated all the material and labor to contribute to the St. Petersburg, Florida, community during these trying times. The masks are made of 100% cotton and are to be worn to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Pictured April 17 are Delaney Hall, Kat Chaplin and Geneva Hall, Delaney’s mother and a lodge member. Not only did they receive free masks from Chaplin but they were also picking up masks for volunteers who were working on Wednesdays for the Pinellas County school system making sure kids from low-income familes had meals during the weekends.