With virus on rise, Fort Reno DAR gives PPE

Masks, hand sanitizer presented to Yukon Veterans Museum, Manna Pantry

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Manna Pantry Director Sherri Rogers (right) accepts a gift of facemasks and hand sanitizer from honorary regent Leslie Dietrich (left) and registrar Paula Harman of the Fort Reno Chapter – National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

Volunteers at the Yukon Veterans Museum and Yukon Manna Pantry are feeling just a bit safer after a generous gift of personal protective equipment (PPE).

With COVID-19 cases increasing, members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) offered donations of facemasks and hand sanitizer Nov. 18 in Yukon.

The presentations were made by Leslie Dietrich and Paula Harman of DAR’s Fort Reno Chapter.

“With the rise in COVID-19 cases in Canadian County, we felt it was a good opportunity to help other volunteer organizations in our community by providing some PPE for their volunteers to keep them safe,” said Dietrich, Fort Reno’s honorary chapter regent and corresponding secretary.

“We chose the Yukon Veterans Museum staff because we work with the museum on many other projects supporting our veterans. We chose the Manna Pantry because, right now, food insecurity is so prevalent. Manna Pantry is meeting the needs in the Yukon area, and must be able to continue their work providing a safety measure.”

Fort Reno DAR gave 50 masks and 25 bottles of hand sanitizer to the Yukon Veterans Museum and 150 masks and 25 bottles of hand sanitizer to the Manna Pantry.

“We thought it was a good opportunity to support other volunteers in the community,” Dietrich said.

Yukon Veterans Museum officer Jerry Stafford accepts facemasks and hand sanitizer donated by registrar Paula Harman (left) and honorary regent Leslie Dietrich of the Fort Reno Chapter – National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Photo provided)

WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL

The local DAR chapter donated another 205 masks and disinfecting wipes to every staff member at El Reno’s Rose Witcher Elementary School, where Fort Reno DAR regent Nicky Howell teaches second grade.

While Yukon Public Schools has reverted to on-line learning only, El Reno Public Schools is continuing in-person instruction for elementary students.

Fort Reno DAR also plans to donate PPE to volunteers at Oklahoma City’s Red Andrews Christmas Dinner.

“This is a project our chapter had decided to do,” Dietrich explained. “With the ramping up right now (of positive virus cases), the other service organizations in our community – especially non-profits – may not have gotten any kind of government assistance like businesses.

“This was a small thing that we could do to support our community in this crazy time.”

The facemasks given locally were pre-made and pre-packaged.

Nationally, DAR members have made hundreds of thousands of masks distributed across the country.