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Laurel woman telling community to mask up!

Posted at 3:38 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 17:39:49-04

LAUREL, Md. — Bibi Perrotte-Foston is back at it again. This Laurel woman has been doing her part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

WMAR first met her back in June, when she was just making white tie masks.

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Now, she's kicked it up a notch. She said, "I spiced it up because now I have it with two chords you can wear back and front with elastic. So it doesn’t have a strain on your ears because people complain about that and then I have an elastic and a string." Plus, she's using fun material to encourage people to wear the masks, especially the younger population.

"Young people wear the face mask because if not you won’t live to see my age," said BiBi.

This time when WMAR visited her she had tombstones in her front yard. "The tombstones are out here to tell you, you don’t want any of these. You’re too young," BiBi said. "We don’t want a memorial mass. We want to be alive and kicking and have a good time. Don't be a COVID victim."

She gave one of her masks to her friend, Sharon Tahir. Tahir is the co-owner of a 24 hour 7/11 in North Laurel.

"We probably have over 1500 customers that come through our door. We have no idea where people have been what they’ve been exposed to," said Tahir. "It’s a concern to us that there are still people who say they don’t believe in wearing a mask and or they just don’t care."

So far, they haven't had any issues at the store and they want to keep it that way. She said she is constantly telling people to wear their masks when they come in and to wear them properly, covering their mouth and nose.

"It’s a matter of protection, comfort and function," said BiBi. She said she's going to keep making masks and giving them away as long as she can get material.

If you'd like to donate material or want a mask just call BiBi directly at 240-786-5747.