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Niagara Falls teen turns pandemic into mask making mania

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 19:37:11-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — 18 year-old Caleb Harris thought his freshman year of college at RIT would go a lot differently than this, school dismissed because of a pandemic and classes going digital.

Thanks to a skill he learned from his mother at a young age, this Niagara Falls man is turning a pandemic into an opportunity to help others. He originally wanted to make clothing but says the need is elsewhere right now.

"I just started to realize that this maybe is more of a better product that people need," he said.

So Harris got to work.

"It all started with a YouTube video. I had this idea of what I wanted it to look like, and then my parents helped me put it together."

He even has this video on his Facebook Page displaying how to size the masks.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all New Yorkers to wear a face covering in public, including in stores, crowded sidewalks and on public transportation. Many are getting their sewing machines out and getting to work.

"My mom helped me refine my sewing," he said.

And Harris gives a lot of credit to his parents for the life lessons. His Dad, for the financial and business sense.

He says if this becomes the new norm, he will be open for business.

"Being an 18 year-old starting his own business during this pandemic, why would you stop? I want to keep helping people," he said.