A Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School sixth-grader and her family are making free reusable masks for the community to protect against COVID-19.
Abby and her parents started making fabric masks as a fun way to pass the time while sheltering in place. Abby developed a love of sewing after taking lessons in the Lower and Middle School's After-School Enrichment Program.
Her family posted pictures of their masks online, and friends started requesting some for themselves. Soon, local organizations, outreach programs, police stations, and even the City of Watsonville reached out. That's when Abby had the idea to start a nonprofit, Masks of Hope. They have made about 300 masks since April 1.
"The most rewarding and meaningful part of this experience is the fact that I'm making these masks for people who need them and that I am helping people be safe during this pandemic," Abby says.