A Monroe elementary school student is donating homemade masks to care facilities

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The old trade of sewing has now turned into a new trend with the ever-growing need of face masks at hospitals and care facilities across the country as they fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Gray has made over 100 masks and has been donating them to the staff and residents at Ridgecrest Community Care Center. Source: (KNOE)

10-year-old Maliyah Gray said she was watching the news and decided to put her skills to the test.

“They were saying you could donate masks and I was like ‘Oh we can make that’,” she said.

With the help of her grandma Emma, they've made over 100 custom masks, each with a safety filter inside.

The demand for her masks grew after her mom Melissa made a post on Facebook. After several shares, the Ridgecrest Community Care Center made its own request.

It's something Eileen Storz, the Center's Administrator, said is right on time.

“For about three or four weeks now the supply has been getting lower and lower,” Storz said.

Supplies like N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer that medical staff depends on for daily use.

“[We're] making sure that we’re not transferring germs to one another, so the face mask and everything is crucial,” Storz said.

Serving others isn't new to Gray, in fact, she says its a part of her daily routine.

“I feel really good doing this for people, it feels good in my heart because my grandma taught me all of this. And my mom we would just be riding and we would see homeless people and get them food," Gray said.

If you are in need of donations, you can contact Gray and her mother Melissa Brown at melissareneebrown34@gmail.com

Gray and her mother are in the process of making donations to St. Francis Medical Center too. If you are interested in donating to St. Francis please follow the guidelines and contact the St. Francis Foundation at 318-966-7833 and speak with Aimee Kane.

St. Francis would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses, and community partners for the donations during this time.