Like many others, Mandy Womble wants to help during these trying times.
She is armed with thread and a sewing machine, so that is precisely what she is doing.
Womble is crafting masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. These masks are not the N-95 rated masks used by healthcare professionals, the only masks guaranteed to proven to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but they can still help.
“They help prevent the spread of water droplets caused by sneezing or coughing,” Womble told the Hendersonville Standard. “They also help those with weaker immune systems to keep them from getting sick. There is a slit in them as well where you can insert a filter for extra protection.”
While stuck at home due to suggested quarantine, she got the idea to help those in need.
“I thought to myself, I have all this fabric and time on my hands, so I may as well try to put it to good use,” she said.
Initially using the fabric to craft hair bows for little girls to sell on her Facebook page Sweet Caroline’s, Womble got the idea when browsing the Hip Facebook pages looking for masks due to the shortage across the state.
“There are so many health care professionals or those who are elderly in need of them, and I noticed that there was a huge shortage as well as people trying to make a huge profit off of them, and I did not think that was right. I know times are tough financially for some people, so I thought it would be a good idea to craft a few and try to give them away for free.”
She adds that she will not take any money or donation for the masks, but instead asks that you use that money to support local business across the city.
“These are tough times for everyone right now,” she adds. “As a resident of Hendersonville, it hurts to see all these local businesses struggling. My only asks is that people use their money to support local restaurants, business, or anything else that is local. They need the money more than I do.”
Since Sunday night, when her story was shared on WKRN News Channel 2, she has received over 50 messages from healthcare workers, parents, retail members, and more.
“Wow, there are a lot of people that are in need, much more than I anticipated,” she added. “It feels terrific to be able to help in the little way that I can.”
Womble has already dropped off over ten masks to different health care providers in Hendersonville and has plans of shipping more to veterinarians in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Womble says that in order to clean the masks, all you need to do is wash them in hot water with Lysol detergent.