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Western New York woman delivers 1600 scrub caps to local hospitals

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Posted at 6:12 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 20:04:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “Everybody wants to help in some way,” Marinette Kozlow, owner of Inspired Buffalo on Hertel Avenue said.

So for weeks, she has devoted her time to cutting, sewing, and printing.

“I’ve always cared about the first responders and I always wanted to honor them in my art.”

In the past she’s made T-shirts honoring state troopers, fighter fighters, and EMT Workers. But this time, she’s working on new project inspired by her healthcare worker friend.

“She said, 'What do you think about scrub caps? We really could use them and as a matter of fact when someone brought them in one time, they disappeared like candy.'”

So she made just that. According to Kozlow, scrub caps are hard to come by, but she believes every nurse deserves to have one. So she made it her duty to make 1000 of them and split them evenly amongst hospitals in the area. But, she didn’t do it alone.

“I put it out there on Facebook," she said. "I need[ed] sewers...boom… I got 25 something different sewers. I said I ran out of fabric. All of a sudden people are calling me trying to set up appointments to drop off fabric.”

With the help of volunteers, Kozlow surpassed her goal of making 1000 scrub caps.

“Literally we made 1600 and we’re not done.”

On Thursday, she dropped off the second to last round of scrub caps to Mercy Hospital.

“I don’t see the nurses face to face, but I get flooded with the photos and the photos, I’ll tell you that almost brought me to tears because that is why I was doing it,” Kozlow said.

Kozlow is hoping her acts of kindness will inspire other Western New Yorkers to give back in any way they can..

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