Stephanie Hoang and Anh Nguyen and Leo Truong

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, May 21st
A group of volunteers is "masking" Orange County and beyond.  

They are our KNX Heroes of Week, who are using their skills, talent and experience to help frontline and essential workers stay safe during the pandemic.

Sewing is common practice for Stephanie Hoang. When she was young, her family moved from Vietnam to the United States. Her mom was seamstress, and as a kid Stephanie would help sew garments alongside her.

"That's how I, as a child... learned how to sew," says the Fountain Valley resident. "To help my mom make a living to survive, when we first came to America." 

Fast forward to 2020. Stephanie is now a financial services agent in Orange County. When COVID-19 hit Southern California, Stephanie put her job on hold so she could help fellow nurses and other essential workers by sewing face masks.

"I had never made a mask in my entire life!" exclaims Stephanie. "So, I looked at a design that my mom had made. I tweaked it a little, and made my own design." 

KNX 1070 News Handout
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Stephanie also made a Facebook post about it, to her three hundred or so friends. Family member Anh Nguyen and friend Leo Truong quickly joined her mission, and the "Maskateers" were formed. 

Word spread like wildfire, and soon the group had inspired other "Masketeers" to join in.   

In just two months, the group has sewn and distributed more than 30,000 face masks across Southern California around the nation. 

"New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas." Stephanie says it just made sense to help out.

"We want to do something to help the community," explains Stephanie. "We are all in this together. The quicker everybody gets healthy, its helping all of us, as a whole." 

KNX 1070 News Handout
KNX 1070 News Handout


UCI Nurse Jane Wainaina was surprised with a box full of masks for her and her fellow coworkers. She calls Stephanie and her team an inspiration. 

"Good hearts. You can't find good people like them, nowhere," says Jane. 

Using their skills, talent and experience to help frontline and essential workers stay safe during the pandemic. We are honoring Orange County "Maskateers" Stephanie Hoang, Anh Nguyen and Leo Truong as our KNX Heroes of the Week! 

KNX Heroes presented by California Resources Corporation, saluting our military veterans, and all of our heroes! 

To connect with Stephanie Hoang and to get more information about the OC "Maskateers" click https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.hoang.50

You can also nominate your own hero at https://knx1070.radio.com/nominate
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