[Ed. – Whether the masks are up to standard or not, this gesture qualified as a feel-good moment.]
Marina Nichols doesn’t yet have her driver’s license nor her own car, but she’s combating the coronavirus pandemic armed with another piece of machinery: Her aunt’s hand-me-down sewing machine, which she’s using to craft homemade face masks for North Carolina hospitals that run out of high-grade N95 respirator masks.
“Everyone’s talking about (the coronavirus),” Nichols said. “It’s all you see online these days about what’s happening and here’s what you can do to help.”
Nichols, 15, said she came across a post on the Nextdoor social networking app last week that called for “Seamstresses, material, and elastic to make masks.” The self-taught seamstress, who honed her skills by sewing costumes for student theater productions, responded to her community’s call for help.