When Sacred Heart transitioned to its “ASH Beyond the Gates” virtual learning last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and events around the city were cancelled, Charlotte Galloway (Class of 2021) started thinking of ways to fill her free time. She began hearing about how there was a great need for face masks and the idea of learning how to sew and making masks took root. She taught herself to sew using her mother’s sewing machine and began sewing masks that matched the Sacred Heart uniform.
Marketing her masks to family and friends, Charlotte began selling each one for $5, and she donates the profits to Second Harvest Food Bank. Having volunteered with Second Harvest in the past, she valued their mission and the impact they have on the community. One of her first big sales was to a Sacred Heart parent who bought masks for all the graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 as a gift from the junior class. The masks were distributed at the Baccalaureate Mass held in late July.
To date, Charlotte has sewn over 100 masks and generated over $400 in donations. Knowing that the unemployment is so high in the New Orleans area the struggles that many families are facing during this time, Charlotte has been thankful to find her own way to help. “I’ve really enjoyed learning how to sew, and I’ve been happy to use the excess time caused by the pandemic to help others rather than waste it,” she said.