VAN, Texas (KLTV) - A business in Van is stepping up to fill the need for supplying reusable masks to the community, hospitals and nursing homes.
FR Girls of Texas is helping two organizations who were in dire need of face masks for their workers.
A retailer turned face-mask maker, is helping the community by donating to local organizations in dire need of personal protective equipment and how FR Girl of Texas came to the rescue during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“I started getting calls in the middle of the night, from nurses all over the country, crying, panicking, that they didn’t have the proper personal protection,” CEO of FR Girls of Texas, Casie Harris said.
Hundreds of yards of fabric are cut and sewn as thousands of masks are made every day for families, nurses, and businesses. Nurses from New York, Dallas, and more have reached out.
“We go through thousands of orders a day,” Harris said.
One of those orders was donated to a Van nursing facility.
“Their donation came at a perfect time, as we were completely out of masks when they dropped off the first donation,” Long Term Care Nursing Facility Administrator, Krista Fasig said.
This was a first for Fasig.
“I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years and I’ve never experienced anything like this. Hurricane Harvey was probably the closest,” she said.
A food pantry called Van Community Ministries Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, just down the road, also received the same gift. The director was overcome with joy.
“I ordered them and then I got a call the next morning, and she said she was going to donate them…I cried,” director of the pantry, Beverly Cauley said.
And for Harris, she wants to make sure her team stays employed during this pandemic.
“Most of these women here, their husbands have lost their jobs and they’re supporting their family and I didn’t want to do that to them. Most of the masks we’re donating, or we’re selling, but it all evens out because of payroll. So, we’re not making any money, we’re just getting by here to keep the lights on,” she said.
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