Neighbors turned angels on Aldine by creating masks for frontline and essential workers

1 month agoKarli Bell

Throughout the country, there are hundreds of thousands of first responders on the frontline, fighting COVID-19 and helping patients suffering from this virus. Community members, including right here in Chicago, have also stepped up to serve others. We at Marquee Sports Network want to recognize all of these Hometown Heroes for their efforts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped unite neighbors, including right here in Chicago. Over on Aldine Avenue, a condo building turned into a mask production company. It all started with the initial effort from tenant and former nurse Terry Ratner.

“It immediately had a response from a seamstress in the building, people with fabric. It was amazing with all the different floors. So we were kind of like this production line,” Ratner said.

Neighbors all on Aldine heard of the efforts of 415 Aldine. They reached out and wanted to help in any way, whether it was sewing, cutting or donating fabric.

Ratner said, “The word spread. Then it became Aldine, different people on Aldine. Then, it became around the neighborhood.”

Since their efforts started in March, the now-dubbed ‘Angels on Aldine’ have created and distributed more than 1,000 masks to frontline workers and essential businesses throughout the city of Chicago.

“This takes their mind off of things and puts it on another level. I think it helps get through the day with feeling good about life. There is light at the end of the tunnel there,” Ratner said.

If you would look to contribute or donate to their efforts, you can head to the Angels on Aldine Facebook page.

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