BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Downtown Blacksburg has a strict mask mandate for citizens and customers walking its streets. Finding yourself on Main Street without a mask or hand sanitizer is not a situation you want to find yourself in.

If it happens to be a Friday evening, between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., however, there’s hope for you.

They’re called the COVID Crushers. Since Fall classes started back at Virginia Tech, a group of Public Health students has been setting up at the corner of Draper Road and College Avenue in Downtown Blacksburg, giving out resources like masks, hand sanitizer, and helpful tips to anyone coming by their stand, all free of charge.

“People really like it; we’ve had great feedback from community members,” said VT Public Health Masters student and organizer of COVID Crushers, Fernanda Gutierrez. “Everyone is really appreciative of us giving them masks and hand sanitizer, especially students when they’re going downtown. You know, sometimes they don’t carry hand sanitizer; sometimes they don’t have masks. Just providing them with that has been great.”

While some may measure success in the amount of product or resource they sell, even if it means running out, the COVID Crushers assure WFXR they have no intention to run out of supplies during their setup.

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