Hand-stitched masks on a table, representing love, care, and community support during challenging times.
Photo Credit:
A million thanks

Visalia nurse who distributed handmade masks honored with 1 Million Watts

Katie Overmonds
December 21, 2021

Grabbing a surgical mask from the box in her hospital’s ER was second nature to nurse Melissa Moskowite from Visalia, CA. Until one day she reached in to discover there were none left – only a note that said “on back order.” 

“To be honest, the COVID numbers weren’t so bad near us at the beginning of the pandemic so I wasn’t all that worried,” she explained. “Only when I went into the equipment room did I realize that the situation was actually a lot worse than I thought.”

Realizing that her hospital and the surrounding communities may not be able to keep themselves and each other safe with the supply shortage, she got in contact with a neighbor who had started making cloth masks and quickly got to work distributing them. 

“We probably distributed at least 100 masks, making different sizes for different people who work in our ER,” she recalled. “I started to think about all the people in different countries who wouldn’t have what they need either with this supply shortage so we just kept going.” 

For her heroism, Melissa is being honored with 1 Million OhmConnect Watts as part of the Thanks a Million campaign. 

“I’ve never won anything in my life so I was really excited. I will probably be able to purchase all our Christmas presents this year with the winnings.” 

As the Omicron variant takes hold and we brace ourselves for another wave of COVID this holiday season, we’re even more thankful for everyday heroes like Melissa. 

“It’s overwhelming, it’s exhausting and it feels like it never ends,” she said. “But I have a deep passion for medicine. I come from a family of first responders, so it’s just in my life to help others.”

Thank you for your efforts, Melissa! 

Most recent posts
Save money. save energy.

Related Articles

See all >
A cozy scene with a dog and a cup of warm hot chocolate and a book. Hanging at home without using electricity is the perfect way to spend OhmHours
Cozy OhmHours

How To Prepare For Winter OhmHours: Fun Ideas to Make Saving Easy

As winter approaches, energy bills can rise. For OhmConnect members, preparing for OhmHours and finding innovative ways to reduce consumption is key to saving on energy costs during this season.

Vibrant graphic showcasing the exciting prizes of MEGA Summer 2023 with OhmConnect.
It's back, baby

MEGA Summer is back at OhmConnect!

MEGA Summer 2023 is almost here! It's the season for big rewards for your energy saving. Find out how to win and earn *big* as the weather heats up.

A joyful family celebrating their contributions and rewards with OhmConnect.
Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Big Prize Goes To OhmConnect Member of Six Years

This big prize goes to an OhmConnect member of six years. Saving energy along side thousands of members is making a huge difference for the future.