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Tallahassee organization aims to get masks to those who need them most

Posted at 5:32 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:32:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Organizers with Women Wednesdays are on a two-fold mission to keep you safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many are connecting virtually, including a group of women addressing the pandemic and banding together to keep you healthy through your digital screen.

One of the projects they currently have underway is "Mask Makers."

It's one of the many efforts around town to connect people who make masks with those who need them the most.

Barbara Wescott, Women Wednesdays organizer, says they need as much help as they can to fill the community's growing need.

"At the moment we are still trying to grow that pool of makers," said Westcott. "We have more people requesting masks than we do have people making them, but again, there are a lot of efforts all over town springing up to create the people that are making masks. Right now we have 40 makers, and that's just with women Wednesdays."

In addition to connecting people with masks, they're also connecting them with ways to protect their mental health.

Dr. Heather Flynn joined them during a Facebook live on Wednesday to offer some important advice to help cope with the new normal that has come from COVID19.

"It's really important to accept that no one is going to feel real good, or be at their best right now, and just to have that acceptance," said Flynn. "That it's really the time to give yourself a break and prioritize self-care number one. Security and self-care more than anything else. Everything else will come back."

Flynn also adds that it's important to keep as much as possible of your normal routine and think in terms of physical distancing while still maintaining social relationships through virtual meetings, like Women Wednesdays.