Seventh-grader Madison Assanah and her mother, Bernadette Sta Maria, have sewn and individually packed up more than 400 masks on behalf of two different groups that Sta Maria is apart of, including Bergen Mama and the Jersey Flyers Aquatic Club.
The mother-daughter duo has been sewing face masks and donating them to different hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care centers, as well as to healthcare workers, in New Jersey and New York.
“I am a healthcare worker myself, so I know how helpful these masks are for us to travel back and forth with to work,” says Sta Maria, a nurse anesthetist, who is happy that Madison is finding ways, aside from homeschooling, to not only keep herself productive but also help the community.
“Making masks was an amazing eye-opener to help me see what is going on in the world,” adds Madison.” “It really made me thankful for everything that we have and that we are healthy and safe at home. I really enjoyed giving back to all the frontline workers, like my mom, who are directly involved with taking care of COVID-19 patients at Englewood Hospital. I loved making the masks and had a fun time learning to sew. It really feels amazing that I contributed to keeping people safe and preventing further spread of the virus.”
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