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Six weeks ago, Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham asked members of the Church of Jesus Christ to join Utah’s ProjectProtect effort to produce 5 million medical-grade masks to help health-care workers during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 20, at the end of an added “encore week,” volunteers gathered the last of nearly 6 million masks sewn by more than 57,500 volunteers from around the state of Utah.

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In total, those volunteers donated some 800,000 hours picking up, folding, sewing and delivering more than 5.7 million masks.

“This project has required such a sustained effort,” President Bingham said following the project’s completion. “It has been heart-warming and somewhat amazing to see the dedication of the volunteers who have showed up, week after week, to cheerfully pick up the kits and then tearfully — and gratefully — deliver the finished masks. I’ve seen mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends and neighbors, old and young, rally around this cause.”

ProjectProtect — which started as a five-week community initiative organized by University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Latter-day Saint Charities — has provided the clinical face masks and other types of personal protective equipment for Utah’s front-line health care professionals treating COVID-19 patients.

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