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Trade & Industrial Supply on Doughty Road, Lawrenceburg, has donated 1,200 masks to Highpoint Health. Submitted photo

L’burg company, others donate masks to Highpoint Health

With healthcare workers scrambling to find masks and other personal protective equipment Linda Behrens decided to help.

Behrens, who lives in Hidden Valley, got a call from a friend whose daughter works in the emergency department at Highpoint Health asking where she could find masks.

Behrens took to Facebook to ask and that’s when she heard of a Lawrenceburg company, Trade & Industrial Supply on Doughty Road, Lawrenceburg, stepping up.

She said she received a Facebook note from Casey Nanz at Trade & Industrial Supply that his company delivered 1,200 masks to the hospital. But that was not the last donation from the company that has been in Southeast Indiana for well over 100 years

Emily Nanz, one of the owners of the family-run company and Casey’s brother, said they had a surplus of masks they are donating to hospitals and health care workers.

“We did not have N95 masks,” Nanz said. But they did have other masks they could donate. “There was no better way to use them.”

She said they have donated more than 6,000 masks so far, all over the area. “We have given them to EMS (departments) and different places who can use them. We are rationing them out. We donate them as we see people who need them.”

She was a little reluctant to talk about the donation. “We are not looking for publicity,” she said.

Behrens is still looking for masks to donate. She said LA Nails in Lawrenceburg donated masks and four boxes of gloves to the hospital.

Lashanda Messer of Greendale said she bought some gloves from a hardware store in Harrison, and then gathered masks gloves from LA Nails and the Little Red School House to deliver to Highpoint.

“This was a spur of the moment thing,” Messer said. “I used to be on the soccer board with Melissa (Watkins, owner of Little Red School House). I reached out to Linda and a few others on Facebook looking for help.”

Other hospitals are asking for help. Margaret Mary Health Hospital in Batesville has distributed a pattern for sewers to make gowns and masks. Quilters from all over the area are making masks for health care workers.

“This is so crazy I never thought I’d do something like this,” Behrens said. “I just feel sorry for the people who are sick.”


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