Local Girl Scout, Alyssa Casa, achieved her goal of sewing 1,000 masks for frontline workers, NYPD, members of the National Guard, and United States Navy personnel aboard the USS Comstock.
Inspired by doctors and nurses serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Casa began making hand-sewn masks from her brother’s United States Air Force Academy parade dress pants and material purchased at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts.
To date, Casa has sewn over 720 masks that have been distributed to hospitals located in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City and Clifton, New Jersey; various National Guard units, and personnel aboard the USS Comstock homeported at Naval Base San Diego. Casa, who is the daughter of a United States Air Force veteran, began making masks at the onset of COVID-19.
“When my aunt and the mother of two sailors asked for our help, I knew I had to do something. With my sewing ability and my mom’s help, this was a way I could contribute without leaving home. Being helpful is part of the Girl Scout Law and for those nurses caring for the sickest of the sick, I’m just glad I could help in some way,” said Alyssa Casa, Girl Scout.
Casa, a class of 2020 graduating senior, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2019, the highest and most prestigious achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. The Gold Award is awarded to fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually. Upon graduation, Casa will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to major in Fashion Design and Business.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada:
Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM Education, Outdoor Experiences, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship Opportunities. GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border).
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