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Oconee County Resident Receives Hice Headliner Award

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Watkinsville, GA, February 18, 2021 | comments

Watkinsville, GA – On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the Office of Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) presented the Hice Headliner Award to Oconee County business owner Maria Reese. Over the past year, Maria has found a way to help the community she loves by putting her sewing skills to work, organizing volunteers to make 13,000 facial coverings. 

“Before the coronavirus shutdown, Maria ran a busy alternation shop in downtown Watkinsville,” said Congressman Hice. “But during the shutdown, she pivoted from tailoring formal dresses to making face masks. With help from a few volunteers, Maria provided facial coverings to residents of local nursing homes, hospitals, and shelters. She also started a food drive exchanging free face masks for donations of canned goods to give to Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS), a food and clothing pantry in Watkinsville. On behalf of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, thank you, Maria, for your compassionate care for your community.”

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