Santa Clarita residents, Krystina Reyes and Laura Garcia, have donated hundreds of homemade face masks in response to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic.
"They made an oath to protect us, so we're going to honor that oath by protecting them."These two best friends bought sewing machines and supplies to assemble face masks to donate to our local hospitals for the paramedics, EMTs, nurses, doctors and medical staffs that are on the front lines of the battle against #COVID-19.Meet Krystina Reyes and Laura Garcia.
Posted by Austin Dave on Friday, March 27, 2020
Krystina Reyes and Laura Garcia, two members of Soroptimist International of the Greater Santa Clarita Valley, have been hard at work sewing face masks in response to the reported shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“When they said that we’re running low on stock and a lot of hospitals can’t get (masks) in time- and with just so many cases now, the hospitals were getting packed and it’s a need,” Reyes said. “So we first just decided to maybe make a few, sell them to people and then donate whatever’s left over.”
Reyes owns and operates a shop called I See Party Rentals on Soledad Canyon Road, where the two are making the masks 12 hours a day. Garcia joined sewing Wednesday when she bought a sewing machine, only to find how great the demand was.
“I literally just bought this machine like an hour ago,” Garcia said. “Here’s the thing, when we started this on Monday, the goal was really to only make enough to donate to different hospitals here in SCV and just all of LA County in general. I’ve had a couple of people reach out to me that are like ‘my best friend or my sister, whoever is a nurse over at this hospital, do you guys have face masks to donate?’ Yes, absolutely. But we did not realize how many people were actually gonna want to purchase from us.”
Reyes and Garcia are using their newfound free time after the statewide Safer at Home order to help put a dent in the lack of face masks available to the public.
“I mean, myself, I’m scared,” Reyes added. “Because I’m a small business owner, it is a little scary not knowing how we’re going to come out from it, but it’s gonna end and hopefully it ends very soon. I would say just try to stay positive as much as you can. Try to stay busy, keep your mind off it.”
On Thursday, the pair were looking to donate close to 50 homemade masks to Henry Mayo, Kaiser Permanente and Cedar Sinai hospitals in their latest round of donations.
The business owner does have high hopes for the future after the community and small businesses prevail through the pandemic.
“It’s going to feel great for everyone,” Reyes added. “I think business is just going to be blooming, not only for myself, but every other small business in Santa Clarita.”Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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