Local Seamstresses Come to the Rescue of Pediatric Patients in Need

Frida Kahlo quote

While many of our inspiring neighbors have been sewing adult face masks, local hospitals in the PDX Metro recently expressed a need to mask their littlest patients.

Requests put out on Buy Nothing groups and NextDoor resulted in an enthusiastic group of seamstresses who sprang to action. They collectively created and donated hundreds of masks in just a few days, which were collected from all over the Portland metro area. Acumen’s own Molly Norton was among those who delivered the pint-sized masks to healthcare professionals.

Says Molly, “We are so inspired by these seamstress heroes”. Some of those heroes include:

  • Julie, a High School Spanish teacher who donated many beautiful masks for children with a moving photo and quote from Frida Kahlo. And the unicorns on the purple masks glow in the dark!
  • Shannon, a mother whose daughter’s life was saved by a local hospital when she was a pediatric patient — who wanted to give back to those on the front lines.
  • Karina Potestio, a native of Guatemala who sewed 50 pediatric masks in a couple of days (she has some beautiful, crafty masks for online order in her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karinapotestio)

THANK YOU to these generous women for donating their time, materials, and expertise to keep our littlest citizens safe during this public health crisis. Our team at Acumen celebrates you. And we definitely appreciate the purple unicorn masks!