KING COUNTY, WA – A few weeks ago CCS launched the SEWING BEE to raise 10,000 masks for the safety of CCS/CHS front line staff who are working around the clock to provide essential services to our vulnerable neighbors in need. Since then, community members around Western Washington have stepped up and donated almost 6,000 face masks!

Two of these community members are Bridget Simmons and her 12-year-old daughter Sophie. Bridget began sewing masks for CCS and when Sophie asked, Bridget explained who the masks were for. Sophie immediately got to work! Not only did she start making masks but she also brought in other girls from local American Heritage Girls troops.

Her mother said “Sophie made it her big project for her American Heritage Girls level award. She has other girls from AHG troops in Everett and Mountlake Terrace working on sewing masks. She has made kits of pre-cut fabric and instructions and asked people to sign up to sew them for CCS. Each kit makes five masks.”

CCS Division Director Doug McKeehen was privileged to pick up the first donation of masks this week and will pick up the second bag next week.

Doug said: “I feel like this story is one of those stories that can help lift anyone’s spirit who hears about it. On a personal level, I have been working in a COVID-19 positive program for a few days now, and the work is pretty draining. As an employee, realizing that there are people out there who have my back, even 12-year-old girls, just completely recharged my own batteries.”

Thank you very much Bridget, Sophie and the American Heritage Girls!

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