While many people have more time on their hands during COVID-19, some are putting it to good use.
For Christine Savoie, the task of sewing turned something small into a future non-profit.
Savoie says she only started sewing two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of Acadiana.
Her first project was a skirt.
But that quickly changed when Savoie and many others recognized the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital workers, first responders, and the public.
The need for masks was great and Savoie knew that she could provide assistance with the help of her reclaimed sewing skills.
"My friend knew that I had taken up sewing again and he lives in Lake Charles. They have a group called SWLA Project Face Mask," she said. "He invited me to it so I could see their patterns and see what they were doing."
The rest, she says, is now history.
"I started from being in one article to having a nonprofit organization and that was in a week. The concept of time right now is not. There is no concept of time right now because anything can happen. A week can change you life. A week did change my life."
Now, just four months away from graduating from UL Lafayette, Christine says sometimes it's the unexpected that makes what you're doing all worth while.
"I'm trying some people's patience because it takes a while to make a mask," she said. " I remember this is for the good of everyone and I really like being able to help people. If I'm not doing this then I see that a non-profit can be in my future."
As she threads her needle and lets yet another mask take shape, Christine says she's thankful for her new gift and the ability to help others during a time of crisis.
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