MOUNT CARMEL — A new Mount Carmel business owner is looking to donate face masks to community-based groups, businesses, first responders, healthcare workers and others whose positions require them to be exposed to the elements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Phillips, owner-operator of Phillips’ Custom Upholstery, 319 S. Market St., has the experience, time and machinery to make face masks due to his business being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Phillips, who opened his upholstery shop last year, said, “I just want to give back to the community that has greatly supported me since I opened my business here in Mount Carmel. I am willing to make the masks and donate them to needy people who are forced to work and be in the public during these unprecedented times.”

The 43-year-old native of Lenoir, North Carolina, is accepting orders for masks from groups of people in certain professions exposed to the elements. He said, “I’m not taking orders for individuals, just groups.”

Groups seeking face masks can contact Phillips at 570-205-6852.

Phillips, who has 25 years of experience in the upholstery business, said he opened his shop because of the need in the area for the specialized profession. He said his primary duties involve repairing furniture.

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