Pair makes face masks for Franklin County Sheriff's deputies

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Sewing is a passion for Franklin County residents Tonya McNabb and Diana Muroski.

Two Franklin County women are making face masks for sheriff's deputies. (WJHG/WECP)

"I've been sewing, probably 40 years," said McNabb.

"I've been sewing my whole life," said Muroski.

Now, their passion is turning into purpose.

"Because of the coronavirus, you know, we saw the thing for masks, the need for masks, so then I sent a little message to the Sheriff and asked them if they needed any for his department," said McNabb.

After Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith gave them the thumbs up to start making masks, the pair is getting creative and adding to deputies' uniforms.

"They brought over some shirts," said McNabb. "So yeah, we're just making them out of some old deputy shirts!"

They plan on making 50 masks, but that's not coming without its challenges.

"There is a shortage of elastic," said Muroski.

So they're again getting creative.

"I just used ribbon because I don't have any elastic," said McNabb.

And still working to surpass their goal.

"I'm just going to keep going! I know he asked for 50 and I am going to go until I run out of elastic," said Muroski.

With more than 30 already done, Sheriff Smith says their efforts surpassed all expectations.

"I know people have a lot of other things to do besides making face masks for us. But it means a lot and we know our community is behind us and supports what we're doing so it's really important," said Sheriff Smith.

For McNabb and Muroski, they say it's their civic duty to help during this time of crisis.

"That means so much to me that we are able to help our local sheriff's department," said Muroski.

"There's only so many of them and they're not disposable so we, you know, have to do something to take care of the first responders, the fire department, the sheriff's department, the nurses, people like that," said McNabb.

Helping to help the helpers, one mask at a time.

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