A Dallas special ed teacher is using his $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check to sew masks for his students. 'I wanted to make the masks for my kids,' the teacher Ruben Caceres said. 'I wanted to give them something that they would be able to wear. So that if they wanted to take them outside, they would still be protected.'
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Ruben Caceres, who worked for Dallas Independent School District before school buildings were closed because of the spread of COVID-19, told Fox 4 Dallas he got his sewing machine at home up and running.
“I wanted to make the masks for my kids,” he said. “I wanted to give them something that they would be able to wear. So that if they wanted to take them outside, they would still be protected.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended wearing masks in public to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Caceres said he works with students who are severely disabled and medically fragile. He misses them.
"If it was up to me I would dress up in a hazmat suit and go to every single house and work with them," he said.
Caceres said the stimulus check, which started to be sent out this week, arrived just in time to help him out.
“Mostly, it’s going to go toward making these masks,” he said, adding that he is looking for donations of unwanted cotton dress shirts to make more masks.