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The Drake family
Paul Drake was a respiratory therapist and a director of respiratory therapy for over 20 years before retiring. Since retiring, he and his family started up a handmade soap company called Twisted Rabbit Creations.
When the pandemic started, though, they started making masks for their family (since their son, daughter, and son-in-law each work in a hospital and they weren’t fans of the masks that the hospital was providing) and to sell on their website.
The Rockies heard of the family through Twitter and reached out to them so that they could help make ends meet with their small business and also make the masks in general. They have been working overtime throughout the pandemic as Drake said, in an exclusive conversation with Rox Pile, that he and his family have been working “10-14 hours a day, every day for the last six weeks.”
Before the pandemic, they were mainly getting orders for their soap in Colorado but now, with the help of Rockies Twitter, Drake told Rox Pile that they are getting orders for their products from thousands of miles away, including New York, Maryland, and Maine.
With the Rockies jerseys that Valentin provided the Drake family for the masks, they made nearly 300 masks in a week.
"“For me…[the families] are the ones who are the stars of this,” said Valentin. “I can’t even tell you how many hours they’ve probably invested in their living rooms, their basements, making these and for me, this was a project that is the epitome of ‘people helping people’ and I think that’s one thing that we can all be doing right now is thinking about how we can engage in our communities and help people even if we can’t be together physically.”"