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Tyler Sewers Recognized By Senator Manchin

By Staff | Aug 12, 2020

Senator Manchin recently recognized the Tyler County Mask Army in a WV Strong video on Facebook.

“In the first two months of the pandemic, the proactive Tyler County hub of the West Virginia Mask Army, spear headed by Teresa Jackson and Judy Cooper, distributed at least 1,615 mask to ten medical facilities. Now they’ve partnered with the Tyler County Board of Education. Teresa, Judy, and their volunteers are working diligently to produce 1,500 children’s masks for back to school,” Manchin said in the video.

Theresa and Judy are the co-coordinators of the Tyler County Mask Army. Judy reports the material they are using was passed down from the WV Mask Army. Some of the material, Judy says, was donated by JoAnn’s Fabrics.

The request to make the masks for students to return to school came through Katrina Byers, who is part of the Family Resource Network. The volunteers are working endlessly to ensure each student has at least one mask to begin the school year. Once this goal is accomplished, Judy says they will continue to make masks until each student has two masks.

Judy says Tyler County Mask Army is the first to have partnered with the Board of Education, and is unaware if other places have followed suit.

She was quick to mention that all volunteers should be recognized for the hours of hardwork, dedication, and willingness to help. These volunteers include Teresa Jackson, Judy Cooper, Barb Thomaselli, Connie Boyd, Debbie Weekley, Lisa Jackson, Mary Dotson, Katrina Byers, Lori Cochran, Patty Weekley, Bente Biddle, and Nanci Bowen.

If anyone would like to contribute to the Mask Army, Judy says cash donations are always welcome. If you are interested in helping by sewing, Judy or Teresa can help get you started. Contact Judy Cooper at 304-652-7891.