My Mask: Bored And Short On Resources, She Got Creative

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By Laura RiceAugust 3, 2020 7:08 am, , ,

Nezzie Shabazz lives in Keller, Texas. She is a senior with a disability that disrupts some of her mobility. But she says she can stand long enough to sew herself a face mask to protect her from the coronavirus. Now she has several of them, with fun designs and even some coordinated to match her outfits.

“You just take what you have and you repurpose it. And that’s basically what I did.”

“I had a big white flower, silk flower, so I took the leaves and kind of put it where the earlobes are. And I hand-sewed it all the way around to where it looks like a big mum or something. It’s quite massive, but it keeps coronavirus out.”

“People will stop me; four or five people will stop me and say, ‘Oh my God, where’d you get that mask?’ So it gets attention. I didn’t do it for attention; I just figured out well, hey, if I have to wear a mask, it might as well match what I have on.”

“Love is the most powerful thing that we have, and that’s what the whole world needs right now. Each and every one of us is to love unconditionally.”

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