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STEM junior, Elli Gasser, makes 1,500 masks!

Elli with masks As stores began selling out of personal protective equipment (PPE), in early March, Downingtown STEM Acadmey junior Elli Gasser and her family organized an effort to make cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Since then, Elli has helped to organize donations of material and supplies; instructed volunteers on how to cut, sew, and prepare the masks; and scheduled deliveries to local hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, hospice workers, behavior health facilities and police departments. 

To date these efforts have produced and donated over 1,500 masks!

Elli, who plans to study nursing in college, was moved to help serve the community through this project by the dedication of the many healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Words from Elli:
"I believe that every circumstance can be used as a lesson. These scary and uncertain times are no exception. I have been reminded that when we as human beings are able to put our differences aside and come together, we can accomplish amazing things. The unwavering bravery, dedication and empathy from our healthcare workers has inspired me to put others before myself. I am grateful for their selflessness and will use it as an example for how I want to live my life. I have found great joy in making these masks and I hope that my experience can inspire others to do whatever they can to help their community. I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has helped this effort so far. Without their support and assistance, we would not have been able to produce this many masks."

Thank you, Elli, for sharing your talents and leading the charge to support healthcare workers and protect the health and safety of our community!