Paxton couple makes homemade masks to help those in need.

PAXTON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A husband and wife in Paxton are sewing the seeds of the community together in more ways than one.

One of the masks Margaret Merckle and her husband have made. (WJHG/WECP)

Margaret Merckle and her husband Ron are sewing masks for those in need who want to better protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What started off as a request to make six masks has grown into something much more as the pair has made almost 200 masks since Sunday.

The couple says they want to do their part to help those in need.

“I’m so thankful because we’re older, I’m 79 and he’s 75. So it’s something that we can do in this crisis to help people,” said Margaret.

The two use hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and put the masks in zip-lock bags when they’re done and place them on the porch.

They’re using the honor system and asking for $4 per mask and to leave the money in a coffee pot they have set up on the porch.

Merckle says it’s not just Paxton residents who are reaching out to them.

“People from Dothan, nurses from Dothan have driven over to get some. I put in the mail this morning [Wednesday] some that are going to Sims Veterans Home there in Bay County," said Merckle. "I have mailed some this morning [Wednesday] to a doctor's office there in Santa Rosa Beach.”

For those interested in buying masks, Merckle says to give her a text or call at 850-722-9014.

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