McAllen ISD mom donates ear savers to front line staff of school district


MCALLEN, Texas – A McAllen ISD mom and wife is giving back to the front line staff of the school district by creating a tool to help them get through the day since they are required to wear masks.

Jessica Enriquez owns The iPhone Mart in McAllen. Her kids are students of McAllen ISD and her husband works for McAllen ISD Police Dept.

So, Enriquez decided to take on the challenge of making ear savers for the front line staff of the school district.

“We know the frontline staff for example that are giving out lunches to our children, I know that they also have to wear multiple masks including their face guard and I’m sure it’s very uncomfortable for them as well, they have to wear it for numerous hours,” said Enriquez. 

Enriquez invested in a cutting machine and said using it has been a learning experience. 

“So, I decided to add the police car with the lights, I was going to do it also for medics and for fire departments and so forth,” said Enriquez. “The only thing with that one is since the cutouts are in the middle, it makes it a little flimsy to where it starts moving, it didn’t work out.”

But puzzles are nothing new to Enriquez, for her real job she repairs phones. 

“I like to open the phone and explore and see what I can do aside from just changing a battery,” said Enriquez. 

Enriquez said she has made over 800 ear savers and donated over 200 of them to McAllen ISD. 

“Our staff is wearing a double mask and a face shield in order to maintain safety for both our clients and our staff and so this donation really helps with not having the rubbing of the ear [and] cuts on the ear,” said Alexandra Molina, child nutrition director of McAllen ISD.  

Enriquez said they are giving away ear savers to anyone who needs them, you can reach her at 956-320-1042 or just swing by their shop.

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