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We're Open, Tallahassee: AR Workshop Tallahassee gives creative at-home kits to frontline families

Posted at 9:19 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 21:19:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

A local business is getting crafty in an effort to say "thank you" to hospital workers at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

People are looking for something fun to do when they're at home right now, to get their mind off things, and for healthcare workers it's especially important. So one business owner is taking her talents to TMH.

Since closing their doors a month ago, AR Workshop Tallahassee has been offering "Do It Yourself" TO-GO Kits, with various projects for the whole family to create at home.

Marsha Shalley, the owner of AR Workshop, decided she wanted to give back to front line families, those separated from loved ones caring for those in need.

She's giving away kits to Tallahassee Memorial hospital staff workers.

They have made 50 kits, and plan to make 50 more.

"I had my girls in here doing 50, and I said, 'I feel like 50 is going to fly,'" said Shalley. "We have so many healthcare workers and I felt like those were going to go too quickly, and I don't want leave anyone out. Honestly, I wish I could do 1,000, but we're going with 100 for now, and we'll see what the future brings. "

The kits include two blocks of wood, stencils, paints, stain, brushes, and instructions.

She plans to deliver the kits to Tallahassee Memorial on Friday.

TMH Foundation president and chief advancement officer, Nigel Allen says gestures of support and generosity like this are very much appreciated during these stressful times for healthcare workers.

"A personal gift like this, which helps our caregivers decompress and find distractions from what they're facing with their family," said Allen, "it just has an enormous benefit. Not only on their sense of well-being, but frankly it has a major impact to the positive on the quality of patient care."

Allen says he really appreciates how the community has stepped up to help them meet other needs, including donations to support tele-medicine units and an emergency fund for things like PPE equipment.

If you are interested in learning more about AR Workshop Tallahassee, visit their website here, or how you can donate to TMH Foundation,click here.

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