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Some local businesses have hit a downtime due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While grocery stores and medical centers stay open, many stores, shops and restaurants have closed their doors for the time being. During this stretch, K&K Logo in Dyersville is doing what it can to help support their town and communities around eastern Iowa.

Employees, along with many other volunteers, have been making face masks. At first, they were for Shady Rest Nursing Home residents in Cascade. That has bloomed into more orders coming in for the masks.

“Shady Rest put out a call for help on Facebook and being able to help is what motivated us to do this,” Karen White, founder of K&K Logo said.

March 19, K&K announced on its Facebook page that it was doing the project and was looking for volunteers and that any scrap fabric residents had could be used.

“We have an army of volunteers that stepped up to our call for anyone that could sew and wanted to help,” White said.

Although the original cry for help came from Shady Rest, they have sent masks to Dubuque, Dyersville, Maquoketa, Monticello, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown.

K&K is still taking orders but is on a short break to deal with the regular operational output. The business believes that anything people can do to help will benefit everyone.

“I think it is very important to do what we can,” White said. “The more hands that dig in helps get things done faster.”

People have been assisting each other since the country has come to a standstill. Local businesses are receiving support and they are doing what they can to support the community in return.

“The best lesson learned is how people will still come together in times of need,” White said. “This truly is one of the best places to live. This is heaven.”

To place an order, call ahead and they can be delivered or picked up.

“A big thank you to the volunteers and businesses that donated supplies and goodies,” White said. “I can not believe the outpouring of support that we have received from people that just want to cut, sew or do anything it takes.”