When Marquette High junior Sri Rajan heard her mother talking about the shortage of face masks for patients and health care workers, she wanted to find a way to help.
For the past month, Rajan has produced a bundle of blue and orange face masks, donating 45 of them to Chemo Buddies and 10 to local health care workers. Additionally, she handcrafted 30 face masks to be used at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois.
“I started the project during spring break and was able to spend a lot of time buying supplies, finding the requirements and organizing donations,” said Rajan. “My younger brother helps with cutting the material, organizing them and sewing the masks as well.”
A skill Rajan's grandmother taught her, the ambitious teen finds time for mask-making while balancing schoolwork. She sews in the evenings for about an hour a day.
“I have always enjoyed volunteering and since we are all quarantining at home, this was the best way for me to continue serving,” she said.
Rajan purchased all materials online and uses 100-percent quilters cotton with a layer of interfacing fabric as filter between the cotton layers and braided elastic for the ear straps.
“This is a time when we all need to come together to support essential employees who are on the front lines working to save lives,” said Rajan. “We as a school community can raise awareness to help in any way for people in need.”