One woman found a way to use her sewing skills to raise money for a local charity.
A local South Bend woman has been making face masks and all the proceeds go to the Center for the Homeless. So far she has raise about $5,000 but her goal is to raise $10,000.
Susan Farrington, a member of the ladies of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College social organization, says when the pandemic hit they put their sewing skills to use and stitched masks.
"It's so important, I just want to do something for our community," said Farrington. "We are hurting, they are all hurting, we are in this together and we need to help each other and they need to know that we are here for them."
Susan created a Facebook page to sell the masks with all proceeds going to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend.
"It does take me at least one hour to make each face mask. They are not your general accordion style, they have a nose cut out and I pay for all the material. If they get shipped out, I pay for the postage. I donate all of these."
Steve Camilleri, executive director with the Center for the Homeless says with fundraising events being cancelled, this money is a huge help.
"The guests at the center are actually helping her so we have some that are going to cut patterns and we have a professional seamstress who will also be making masks and everyone is working together. We are so grateful for what the community has done."
Camilleri says the center needs not only masks and sanitizer but daily hygiene items as well.
"We need all the regular items-- deodorant, shampoo, lotions, diapers and we need cleaning products."
Susan is using new tee shirts donated by the University of Notre Dame for the masks. So far they have made more than 400. About half have been donated to the Center for the Homeless.
"I want to thank Notre Dame support and I want to thank the Ladies of Notre Dame Saint Mary’s College for helping to make these face masks and constantly stepping up to the plate," said Farrington.
For more information and how you can purchase a face mask to benefit the Center for the Homeless, click here.