Free Masks for New Orleans Residents

If you have THREE STAMPS you can get a FREE MASK

Melissa Daigrepont is a licensed attorney and served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) from 2002 to 2012. She also served “boots on the ground” in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and is a lifetime member of the NOLA Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8973.

Following her time in the Navy, Melissa worked for the Louisiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in public information, economic development, and international trade. She later worked as a Business Banker with Capital One’s Greater New Orleans team where she led the company’s Salute Military Network for Louisiana. Currently, Melissa is an Accredited Attorney representing Veterans against the VA in disability claims appeals. Melissa is also the Founder of Glitterous Stimulation which makes custom headpieces and glittered throws for parades and special events.  She is also a member of the Krewe of Bosom Buddies and Krewe du Mishigas and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her four rescue dogs.

Melissa is currently our "runner".  When she is volunteering she is driving all around New Orleans picking up and dropping off masks and material.  

Melissa DeRussy is the Lower School Math Specialist (grade 1-4) at Trinity Episcopal School. She has been at Trinity for 15 years serving in several different teaching positions. She is also the mom to three children - ages 17, 15, and 12. Melissa served on the board of Confetti Kids in Algiers Point for about 10 years. When not driving children around town for events, Melissa has been teaching herself to sew and makes baby quilts and lap size quilts for residents at a local nursing home. Lately, Melissa has been learning new technology to assist her children as well as her students as they transition to online learning situations.

Melissa is one of our mask makers and idea generators.  She was the brains behind the idea of having people (who cant sew) cut fabric to save our mask makers time.  

Abby Heckenlively originally moved to New Orleans in 2007 living Uptown, then bounced over the river to Algiers Point in 2009. She works in the film industry, but is currently unemployed due to the Coronavirus. Abby wants to give to her community with donating her skills by crafting masks for all.

Abby is one of our trusted mask makers.  She is also helping us by recruiting others which is equilly important.  We need all the help we can get.

My name is Christine Manalla. I’m a lifelong New Orleanian. I live in Algiers Point with my husband, 14-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son, and ridiculously handsome dog.

Christine is one of our trusted mask makers.  She is making masks for us but also for others as well!

Marta Weldon - I moved from California in 2013, retired from Cal State University as an educator. I now work at City Park Tennis Center as a guest attendant. I am an avid music fan, volunteer for WWOZ, other local festivals and events. I usher for Saenger, Orpheum and Mahalia theaters. I have a dog and we like to go to park daily as I am a few blocks away from Marconi and Orleans.

I'm also a licensed tour guide.

Marta is brand new to the group and she is eager to help in anyway that she can.  We are excited to have her start cutting some 7" x 9" rectangles!  

Katie Lamb has lived with her husband and four kids in Algiers Point for two years. Before the pandemic, she worked at a patisserie in the French Quarter, Croissant d'Or, and enjoyed taking the ferry there everyday. She is also a birth doula, and a student pursuing nursing school in the fall. For fun, she bikes, dances with the NOLA Chorus Girls, and sings with the NOVA choir. Katie is a novice at the sewing machine but excited to provide something useful to the community.

Katie is one of valued mask makers.  She has declined payments for her efforts and she wants all of her donations to be redirected to this cause. Oh one last thing - she is litterally tearing apart bed sheets to pull out the elastics at each corner.  

Adam and Nicole Trainque - Nicole works for Jefferson parish in the commercial assessors office and Adam is a partner of a residential General Contracting company. We are both active in the Algiers Point neighborhood and on most evenings (under normal conditions) can be found on the levee walking their pup (Bella) and pushing their daughter Veronica.

Adam and Nicole can‘t sew so they are volunteering their time managing the website, processing mask requests and sending them off in the mail!

Joy Parr, Biomedical Engineer, originally from Arkansas, I’ve lived in New Orleans for 10 years with my husband Nathaniel. Currently living in Lakeview with our two dogs Prudence the Boston Terrier and Pascal the French Bulldog.

Joy is picking up fabric and cutting them into 7x9 rectangles to help make the masks makers job a little easier.

Gaby Swanson. Moved to New Orleans in 2016 and love life here. I'm a software engineer at DXC, a Leijorette, and a member of VFW Post 8973. I like volunteering but have absolutely zero craft skills, so I'm happy to be able to help with the non-crafty work. We're in this together regardless of how far apart we need to be!

Gaby is one of our newest fabric cutters!  Hopefully she has a sharp pair of scissors!

Elizabeth Campbell - I have been in Metairie since I was 2. I work as the outreach director at We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, an inclusive play place for kids of all abilities. Currently, I am posting all of there activities (scavenger hunts, educational tidbits, crafts, etc). I am a homeschooling mom of 1 child. I proof read books for a publisher and beta read for several True Crime publishers.

Cheryl Roche - I was born in Salem, Mass. My husband, Tom, and I moved here to the Point from Atlanta in 2015. We have two grown children. My careers have been in the music industry and library work, and I am retired. We just moved from Atlantic to Pacific. My dad lives at the Suites at Algiers Point. We love this neighborhood and this city, and miss hearing that live second line rhythm, and gathering to enjoy everything New Orleans has to offer.

Donna Sens - I am from River Ridge but have lived in Metairie with my husband and my son for about 26 years. I am an office assistant and I love reading, crafts and spending time with my family. 

Crystal Turner, originally from Florida, has lived in Algiers Point with her partner since 2015. Crystal works locally as a K9 trainer but recently has been out of work due to Covid. Crystal adores New Orleans and all the uniqueness the city has to offer. She is excited to use her extra time (and limited sewing skills) to help her beloved community and people in need.

Carol Lynch - I am a retired stay-at-home mom who enjoys costuming, crafting and reading.

Cathie Ruggiero - Transplant from NY/NJ, Retiree, Volunteer at large After receiving an early retirement package in 2008, I bought a car and embarked on a road trip to restore my sanity and my soul. As luck would have it my last stop was New Orleans which I had always intended to visit and somehow never did. I fell in love with it, decided it would be a good place to grow young, and moved here lock, stock and barrel. I worked a couple of jobs while living here and then really retired a couple of years ago. I relish retirement and love doing things in my own sweet time after a lifetime of rushing. I am currently perfecting my hammock swinging skills but am happy to lend my hand to various volunteer situations.

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