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Hickory Creek resident Melissa Shipe had never sewn a stitch until the end of March, and didn’t even own a sewing machine. She started seeing friends in the medical field requesting masks to wear due to COVID-19, and wanted to do something to help them. She bought a sewing machine and had a woman at JoAnn’s Fabric spend 10 minutes showing her how to use the machine. She bought fabric, went home & starting making masks. She was working full-time, but sewing masks in her spare time, often staying up until 1 or 2 a.m. Word spread through Facebook, and she has made masks for medical & military personnel, friends & neighbors, and even the Hickory Creek Police Department. To date, she has made over 1100 masks, and given them away for free! She said, “I just wanted to do my part and help out where I could.” Melissa, you have done an incredible job. Thank you for showing us your Hickory Creek Spirit!