PARKLAND, FL- A local middle school student is making tremendous use of her time during the stay-at-home season. Jasmine Downey, an 8th grader at Mary Help of Christians School, has been spending her time sewing surgical caps, donating them to healthcare workers during this time of need.
Jasmine, or Jazzy, as she is known, has always loved sewing. She's also been involved in a number of local charitable efforts, though this is the first effort to sew and donate to professionals.
"She started sewing when she was tiny – 3 or 4," shares Jazzy's mother, Helen. "She absolutely loves making clothes and started having sewing lessons a few years ago to help her get better. She wants to be a fashion designer and has never strayed from that ambition. She has actually picked her high school (Cardinal Gibbons) because it’s the only one with a sewing program."
When family friend and healthcare worker Bridgette Zaragoza shared about the need for surgical caps, Jazzy sprung into action to help out. Jazzy is currently utilizing any spare time during her day outside of school and dance to sew the caps. The effort has become a family event, as Jazzy's father and brother are also helping with the process.
"I love to sew and jumped at the chance to help Bridgette and her team at Holy Cross (Hospital)," shares Jazzy. It was so great to see the doctors and nurses at the hospital wearing them, and it inspires me to keep helping out in whatever way I can.”
To see the pattern and join the effort, please see the do-it-yourself YouTube channel that Jazzy follows to create her caps.