Pulaski woman initiates effort to make face masks

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PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) — A Pulaski woman is organizing an effort to make masks for first responders, hospital staff and others who need them during the pandemic.

She and a group of local sewers have banded together. They are even getting national attention for their efforts.

Robin Burdette owns Blue Ridge Fudge Lady. While the doors to her shop are closed, and she’s only doing online sales, she’s still found a way to keep herself busy.

“Small business has slowed down a lot so I had time on my hands,” Burdette said.

She was approached and asked to help organize an effort to make masks for men and women on the front lines of the pandemic.

“Luckily in this area, we have a lot of people who are really community-oriented. So as soon as I put it on social media I had volunteers coming from all over,” said Burdette.

She says she and her sewers have made a few hundred masks so far. She was even able to find instructions for one that meets the University of Florida’s Health standards. Some mask as also going through an inspection process at local hospitals.

“It’s been a little bit crazy because there is such a need, but then you see all the people willing to help so it’s like filling a gap in your heart,” Burdette said.

She’s gotten help from people like Shannon Ainsley who works from home during the day, and sews masks in the evening.

“When it first started I wanted something to do. Something to help these people who are out there in the community working,” Ainsley said.

Ainsley says it means a lot to her to help those in need, but admits she’s nto the best sewer.

“My sewing skills are none, but they are getting a lot better. But they had no where to go but up,” said Ainsley.

She says she’s made about 30 masks so far and each one gets better.

If you want to join in on the process, you can contact the Fudge Lady here.

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