Keeping America Runnin’: Pennsylvania Dunkin’ Makes Facemasks for Local Assisted Living Facility

Keeping America Runnin’: Pennsylvania Dunkin’ Makes Facemasks for Local Assisted Living Facility

Across the country, there is a significant shortage of personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, leaving essential workers in critical roles at a greater risk. Dickson City Dunkin’ franchisees and store employees recognized the need for facemasks in their community and got to work quickly.

Jerry Fives Mask Sewing

Franchisees Jerry and Sophia Fives transformed their Dunkin’ restaurant into a makeshift sewing workshop after learning a local assisted living facility was in need from store employee Christine Mercedes, who has a daughter who works as an aide at the facility.

Volunteering their free time, Mercedes, the Fives and their Dunkin’ store employees sewed over 60 facemasks in just a few days. They then packaged the masks in donut boxes and delivered them to The Gardens of Greenridge, along with some Dunkin’ treats to lift the moods of the essential employees.

“We are beyond thankful and honored with this gift. Words cannot express the joy we have for theses masks,” said Caroline Bailon, Medical Technician at The Garden of Greenridge.

Assembled masks in Dunkin' boxes

The Fives are continuing to evaluate the need in their community and are exploring continuing their efforts with other organizations that may need facemasks.

As of March 17, service at Dunkin’ U.S. restaurants is temporarily limited to drive-thru ordering, carry-out, and delivery, with a select number of locations also offering curbside service. Stay informed on our response to COVID-19 here and follow the stories of how our Dunkin’ community is coming together to keep America running here.

To date, we’ve donated more than 40,000 gift cards to those on the frontlines of the coronavirus response at more than 170 organizations, and counting. Let’s keep going. Want to thank a local hero for all that they do? Send them a Dunkin’ Gift Card at For every card sent, Dunkin’ will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation emergency funds, specifically for non-profits helping families affected by COVID-19.

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