Students volunteer time, resources to medical community

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Courtesy of Audrey Morgan

Sixth-grader Audrey Morgan originally started making masks to send to her family across the country with help from her mom. She now is donating them to local firefighters and hospitals.

As a result of COVID-19 leaving the community in need, students have stepped up by making donations to medical workers and other essential services. Freshman Laney Dawson and sixth-grader Audrey Morgan have been making masks to donate around the community.

“My mom and I have been making the masks,” Dawson said. “I love helping others and giving back to my community. I have been blessed with the resources and the ability to sew, and it would be unfair of me not to share them.”

Dawson is not only donating her mask to medical workers, but also to grocery store employees and the Christian Care Center

“We haven’t donated to hospitals yet because most everyone is donating there and these other places need masks too,” Dawson said. 

Morgan originally started making masks to send to her family across the country with help from her mom. She now is donating them to local firefighters and hospitals.

“I started by wanting to see if I could make them [masks] for all of my family because we did not have any,” Morgan said. “Then, I realized lots of places in the community were needing them.”

The intermediate has also donated all of their hand sanitizers to Allen Presbyterian Emergency Room. 

“We are very thankful for the donation of hand sanitizer from Sloan Creek,” Allen Presbyterian Dr. Stacey Wyrick said. “All the donations that people have been giving have been very helpful. The best way people can help medical workers at this time is to stay home and social distance. That will help decrease the spread of the virus and decrease the workload on medical workers.”

As people across the world face a new reality, many communities are coming together.

The crisis has shown me that we need to stand together as a community and protect each other not only for our own safety but for everyone’s safety,” Dawson said.