Taking Action


People Taking Action: Mask-making brothers help stop the spread and help local foodbank!

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 18:17:37-04

YORKTOWN, Va. - News 3 first introduced you to brothers Sabian and Jeffrey Beyon a week ago, showcasing the Yorktown duo's mask-making skills - all sewn by hand with no sewing machine.

At last check, they've made around 500 face coverings. At first, Sabian says they were thinking about giving them away.

"It was mostly because we were at first. We were volunteers, and it made sense for us - we would make these and give them away to the volunteer organizations we were working for," Sabian explained.

Jeffrey agrees and shares how they have been taking action.

"Both of us volunteered at Riverside Regional Medical Center, and then I was also volunteering at a local homeless shelter," Jeffrey told us.

So, initially the plan being kicked around was to donate the masks - but then they thought about how much time they have invested into each mask. From start to finish, it takes about an hour to make one.

Sabian says they then thought about selling their masks to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, which really knows how to stretch a dollar.

"One dollar can feed up to 10 meals. So, then we said, 'If we have about 500 masks and we sell them at $2 a piece, that's $1,000 - that's about 10,000 meals!"

For those reasons, News 3 presented Sabian and Jeffrey with a News 3 People Taking Action award along with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank.

And they don't plan on stopping at 500; they have more material.

As Sabian points out, "Our community really matters to us because we're also part of the community."

For more information on how to get the Beyon brothers' masks and support their cause, click here.

To nominate someone for a People Taking Action Award, email us at takingaction@wtkr.com.

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