ELIZABETH, NJ - When Sima Farid, a social worker at UMDNJ/Rutgers Hospital in Newark, informed her thirteen-year-old daughter Sophia that Governor Murphy was sending 86 Army medics to the hospital to assist with COVID-19 patients, she began wondering how could she be of assistance.

Sophia informed her mother that she was interested in taking her allowance and having a seamstress make 100 hundred masks so the medics can have a clean one to wear after they discard their used one.

With that said, her mother contacted Denise Jones, who was already making masks, and asked if she would be up for the challenge of making one hundred masks.  Jones answered affirmatively and one hundred masks were completed this past Sunday. 

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According to her Sima Farid's account, Sophia's kind gesture is the talk of both the city and the hospital.

"Sophia's love for humanity isn't a new phenomenon, she's always lending a helping hand in one way or another.  During the summer, she purchased a pallet of water and donated it to Paradise Baptist Church during Newark's water crisis," said James Carey co-founder of the NJ Misaada Relief Squad. 

The masks are expected to be distributed on Friday by the medics commander and the CEO of the hospital.