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It was March 4 and Rodeo Houston had just announced they were shutting early due to coronavirus fears. Many states had yet to begun to enforce stay-at-home orders, but it was clear that something was happening. Lives were going to be impacted.

“I told my husband, get me to the store so we can get the materials, the sewing machine,” Tanya Boike told KTRK.

Boike began making fabric face masks for her community.

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With the help of a friend she made through Facebook, Boike was able to distribute over 500 masks to those in need of one.

As she continued making masks, she remembered attending Rodeo Houston and seeing Willie Nelson perform. That’s when she got the idea to contact Nelson’s granddaughter, whom she had met a few years earlier.

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Boike sent the legendary country star and his wife some masks to wear. Nelson’s granddaughter, Noelle Ward, contacted Boike and said the two appreciated the offer, but they had something else in mind.

“I just lost it. That’s not what I had made them for,” Boike said.

Nelson wanted to sign the masks and then auction them off so Boike would be able to use the money to purchase more supplies.

“Well, that’s him. That’s who he is. That’s him every day,” Ward said. “He’s just relaxed, he’s just giving, he’s just got a great smile, and he’s just the best.”

The signed masks are currently up for auction, but bidding ends soon. Currently, the masks have raised more than $4,600.

What a generous offer! Thank you, Willie! Share this on Facebook!


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