The Masked Bandits!

Jason Barsky

If you're looking for masks to protect yourself from COVID-19

Be on the lookout for this group because they want to help you!

Jason Barsky
April 07, 2020 - 5:58 pm

The Masked Bandits Strike Again, Delivering Masks to Area Organizations


Scranton, PA – The Lackawanna and Luzerne County Medical Societies’ Masked Bandits have been sewing face masks to meet the needs of NEPA’s essential workers.  To date they have distributed almost 700 masks.


“The response from the public has been heartwarming,” said Tonyehn Verkitus, executive director. “We even had woman mail masks from Hilton Head, South Carolina because she is originally from this area.”


The Masked Bandits put out their first call for volunteers a mere two weeks ago and were able to make their first delivery less than a week later.  Masks have been taken to Al Beech Westside Food Pantry, Friends of the Poor, Kingston Manor and the Children’s Service Center just to name a few.


“With the new mandate that all individuals wear cloth masks outside of the home we are getting inundated with requests.  Our mission is to serve essential workers who have to interact with the public daily.  However, we have shared videos on our Facebook page showing how people can make no sew masks at home,” said Tonyehn Verkitus, executive director.


The Masked Bandits is a 100% volunteer effort with sewers and volunteer drivers coming from the community and medical school; businesses like Tuxedos by Sarno stepping up to launder all the masks before they are delivered to the community; and fabric donations from local businesses and individuals.


If you are an essential business and are in need of masks you can send an email with the name of your business and primary contact, number of masks needed, and delivery location to  Masked Bandits will fulfill requests on a first come first serve basis and will continue to ask volunteers to make masks as long as there is a need.


If you’d like to contribute you can do so by making masks and donations, or by being a volunteer driver.  More information can be found on the Facebook page Masked Bandit.


Contact Tonyehn Verkitus at for drop-off questions or to learn how else you can help.

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