During World War II, women found themselves in the work place as the men went off to battle. One Cleburne woman remembers that time and said they can work again to help eradicate COVID-19.

Joyce Rawlins, 85, is encouraging state and national government officials to give residents more insight as to what face masks are made of so they can make them locally. 

She was a young girl during World War II but said she remembers watching her mom and two aunts going to work every day. 

“If we need commercial sowing machines, a lot of us know how to use them,” Rawlins said. “If we can get them to our house or maybe they can set them up somewhere else, we can make them out of clothes. ... If nothing else, we could make masks for the general public in all kinds of colors and materials. Whatever it takes.”

We need to get rid of this virus, she said, and women are the key to do just that.

“There are so many of us who could be put to work,” she said. “We could help. Women will work, even my age.”

She’s lived through many events over the year, both good and bad, and said this virus pandemic is one of the worst.

“Jesus is bigger than this virus,” she said. “This may be a way of bringing families back together and the nation back together if you think about it. He is in command.”

She encourages residents to reach out to their city, county and state government officials to make this idea a reality.

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