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 former star Seminole football player and current business owner is giving back to the community that's supported him.
Peter Boulware owns Legacy Toyota in Tallahassee.
When COVID-19 closed down the state, he got together with his team and thought making masks was a good way to help people.
They got a couple sewing machines, patterns and sheets and began making masks to hand out to the community.
Boulware said business slowed down and, since they had the people and the resources, they wanted to help people any way they could.
They turned one of their offices into a station for mask-making.
"We tried to figure out what are some of the greatest needs in the community, and, at the time, people were having a tough time getting masks," said Boulware. "So our service director got a few people together and said, 'We can do this. We can get a couple sewing machines and we can get a couple patterns, we can get some sheets, and we can produce masks.'"
Of course, they had to make some FSU masks since Boulware is a former star football player for the Noles.
Legacy Toyota has also been giving back in other ways, including teaming up with America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend to distribute food to those in need during this time.
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Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.
It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.