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Group creates masks out of sterile packaging from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Posted at 11:39 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 23:39:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One local group is making masks out of operating room equipment that would usually end up in the trash.

The Mask Marvel H-600 Project is using halliard fabric, which is thrown away after opening sterile equipment.

Organizers got the idea from the University of Florida and partnered with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital to make the masks, getting the fabric from them.

So far, the group has completed over 1,000 masks and is still going.

They don't want it to stop in Tallahassee.

"People can replicate this in other communities," siad Jan Keshen, of Mask Marvel H600 Project. "Anywhere there's a hospital that's throwing away this halliard fabric, all the information to do it is freely available."

They have also started producing masks for the Kearney Center.

Pick up for seamstresses is on Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers are welcome.