'Protecting those who protect us': Castle Rock family on a mission to give masks to first responders

Posted at 11:08 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 12:48:27-04

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A Castle Rock family is on a mission to protect those who protect us during the coronavirus pandemic.

"It made me happy to see first responders were happy that we could give them masks," said 9-year-old Camryn Daigle.

Daigle literally emptied her piggy bank account to help out her parents' cause.

"So far, I’ve donated $3.14," Camryn said.

After talking to a member of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Justin Daigle saw a need in the community.

"Right before I said bye, I said, 'Be safe and asked, 'Do you have any N95 masks?' He said, 'You know, I have two and this might be the only two that I get,'" Justin Daigle said, remembering the moment that sparked his desire to help.

Daigle and his wife Vanessa began raising money. Less than two weeks in, they've already donated more than 3,000 N95 masks.

"I think the impact has been huge. Just keeping them safe and keeping them healthy," said Vanessa Daigle.

The families biggest donation to date came Tuesday when a total of 2,000 masks were given to the Castle Rock Police Department, Castle Rock Fire Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

"When the COVID crisis first started, we had a very limited supply of masks for our officers. We only had one N95 mask per officer," said Castle Rock Chief of Police Jack Cauley.

Chief Cauley said the department was in dire straits weeks ago. Castle Rock Adventists Hospital stepped in and gave the department enough to hold them over.

With the Daigle's donation this week, Cauley and the rest of the Castle Rock officers chose to return the favor. They gave frontline workers around 400 masks.

"When we got this last donation of masks we thought it was important to reach back out to the hospital and give back," said Chief Cauley.

The Daigles have a lot more to give, including another 6,000 masks within the next week.

Their next goal to raise $19,000. They got a big boost recently when the nonprofit OneGoat Foundation agreed to match up to $5,000 in donations.

Vanessa Daigle said when they hit their goal, they won't be stopping.

"We are going to continue to do this as long as there is a need for it," explained Vanessa Daigle.

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