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An overlooked essential

Angie Frederickson
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Natesha Tama-Madison

Natesha Tama-Madison

Natesha Tama-Madison (pictured) and her family used quarantine time to make a difference in the community. Knowing that socks are some of the most needed, but least donated, items in homeless shelters, she collected almost 2,000 pairs. The hope was to gather a couple hundred pairs of new socks for local shelters, but the response was greater than Natesha imagined. She delivered the new socks to six different organizations: U.S Vets, The Beacon, LGBTQ Center of Montrose, Harmony House, Casa De Esperanza, and Helping Hand for Relief & Development. The sock collection was just one of several efforts Natesha and her family coordinated during 2020. They also distributed more than 1,000 face masks to frontline and essential workers and older adults in the community. Some of the masks were reusable, made using Indonesian batik and local fabrics. 

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