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Breaux Bridge man encourages community to donate masks to funeral homes

10 person limit during funeral service
Posted at 6:12 PM, Apr 13, 2020

Ray Pellerin is a retired funeral director with over 60 years of experience helping families say goodbye to their loved ones. Pellerin has experienced many contagious situations, but nothing has impacted his family business like the coronavirus.

"I asked how many of the ten people at the funeral had masks, and he there was none," said Ray Pellerin.

Hearing that families were without masks, it sparked Pellerin to go to social media, asking people to consider donating masks to their local funeral home.

'What an expression of sympathy, to know somebody is doing something with their own hands for a family and help someone in that family survive," said Pellerin.

According to Pellerin, the process is simple.

"I suggest people can sew these masks, put them in a Ziploc type bag with your name, and address on the inside. That way, if a family wants to respond to say thank you, that would be awesome," said Pellerin.

The idea seems to be gaining popularity, with over 100 shares on Facebook.

"I get emotional with all this, I've seen it, I've experienced it, and it's just tough or families. I really feel for our families, especially in Acadiana," said Pellerin.