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Seventy-nine-year-old is making masks for her village, for free

Seventy-nine-year-old Prva Stankovikj from the village of Pepelishte near Negotino, a former janitor in the Negotino hospital, has been making protective masks and giving them as gifts to people complaining that they couldn’t find any or that they were too expensive.

Skopje, 26 March 2020 (MIA) — Seventy-nine-year-old Prva Stankovikj from the village of Pepelishte near Negotino, a former janitor in the Negotino hospital, has been making protective masks and giving them as gifts to people complaining that they couldn’t find any or that they were too expensive.

She has a talent for sewing, Stankovikj told MIA’s Kavadarci correspondent.

That’s why she decided to help people during the coronavirus crisis the same way she has been helping her fellow villagers for years: by being the village seamstress.

“Several people came to me complaining they couldn’t buy protective masks anywhere or that they were overpriced. So I decided to sew some and give them away.”

“Anyone who doesn’t have one comes to my yard. Then I reach out and give them the mask from afar.”

Being a senior, Stankovikj says, she cannot get around too much. “But I’ve been sewing things since I was a youngster,” she explains, “so sewing is no problem for me even at this age.”

She adds that she’s no expert and has no idea how much actual protection her masks provide. Still, she says, at least she’s trying to help.

According to her next-door neighbor, people over 70 are scared of the current situation.

“And Prva,” the neighbor says, “is an example for many young tailors and kind people.”

Stankovikj worked as a hospital janitor for 22 years. mr/

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