BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Governor Justice announced a mask mandate for all West Virginians, but some people do not have the resources to follow this new restriction.
“If we are going mandate that people follow these restrictions, then we have to make it available for them. Not everyone has the 20 bucks to go buy a 10 pack of masks. That’s a lot for some folks,” Robert Dunlap said.
So, two local business owners, Robert Dunlap and Dr. Kristi Dumas, decided they had to do something. Dr. Dumas made masks and collected donations from the community. She then delivered them to Dunlap’s office where the masks can be picked up by anyone who needs one.
“We want to make sure that people who may be indigent and are not able to afford masks can do so,” Dumas said
They started this initiative of free masks for the people of Beckley who cannot afford one, but it is also a great resource for people who forget their masks and have to do business in the government offices of Beckley.
“We see people day in and day out, coming to court and not having masks,” Dumas said.
The two volunteers hope this will also help businesses thrive.
“We need to make a concerted effort to make sure business doesn’t come to a screeching halt and we provide for the less fortunate,” Dunlap said,
To pick up a mask, visit Robert Dunlap’s office on Main Street in Beckley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.