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A Clutch situation

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Clutch and Aurora Brunel

Houston Rockets’ mascot Clutch surprised Aurora Brunel with a hometown hero award. Aurora founded Masks of Hope, a Facebook group that now has over 1,000 members working together to make face masks for those in need. 

In March, Aurora Brunel created a Facebook page called Masks of Hope, seeking to stave off shortages of PPE in the early stages of the pandemic. Her Facebook group quickly attracted thousands of followers, and the group has made over 21,000 masks since then. The group has donated masks to hospitals, nursing homes and grocery store workers, plus the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Recently, Aurora (pictured) was honored with the Houston Rockets’ Hometown Hero award, presented by Frost Bank. She was delighted by a visit from Rockets’ mascot Clutch at her home. Masks of Hope is continuing to make masks, and there are many ways to help: deliveries, donations and sewing. Join the Facebook group to get involved. See "Covid Relief: Recap and Ways to Help" by Pooja Salhotra for a list of ways to help Houstonians in need.

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