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Having fun making masks makes wearing them more fun

Siblings Alexandra Hunter, Addison Carter, Bethany Hunter, Avery Carter and Luke Hunter all say they enjoyed the mask-making activity kit provided by the partnership of Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts and B&B Running Stitch.

LOS LUNAS – More than 185 activity kits distributed to families across Valencia County have been a big hit with local children.

The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts partnered with B&B Running Stitch in providing free children’s craft mask kits.

Since museum staff have been unable to prepare any exhibits, or give tours or presentations, they have been busy setting up online events. Among these virtual offerings was a new program that sought to encourage the creativity of youth in the area and promote public health.

The Children’s Custom Coronavirus Face Mask Activity provides children an opportunity to design their own mask, free of charge. With back-to-school season and the ongoing pandemic, Jan Micaletti, the museum’s specialist, said keeping children engaged during this time is important.

“We know that children wearing masks is more important than ever,” Micaletti said. “Our new program adds an element of fun to the masks by taking a child’s artistic creation and making it into a wearable mask in which they can take pride. We know that a child is going to wear their mask regularly, and it has to be comfortable and fun.”

The museum teamed up with Berlinda Baca and Beverly Barela with B&B Running Stitching, who provided the sewing of all the masks for free. They have made more than 3,000 masks since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Both are from the Los Lunas area.

The museum is also providing a set of permanent color markers, elastic and the material for the masks for free.

Children ages 3 to 18 have participated in the activity. Micaletti and staff, Rebecca Ortiz and Christy Marshall, are contemplating preparing a similar activity for adults.