Assistance League member scores with COVID mask making
Barbara Walkington, an Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito (ALRSD) member, has sewn over 450 masks and raised more than $5,500 for ALRSD. The masks are now sold at the ALRSD Thrift Shop located at 1542 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas. Temporary hours of the shop are Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When COVID became an issue and Walkington saw an appeal for masks from a local hospital, she started making masks and donating them. Then her kids and grandkids asked for them. A quilting friend donated a whole bag of fabrics and with more fabric than she needed, so she decided to sew them and sell them as a fundraiser for ALRSD. At the time the ALRSD Thrift Shop was closed due to COVID restrictions, so Walkington placed an ad in the weekly ALRSD Chapter newsletter advertising the masks for sale and asking for donations of supplies. The response was overwhelming as orders poured in, supplies and monetary donations were sent.
ALRSD is a local chapter of National Assistance League with members volunteering their time to help transform the lives of children and adults through community programs. Members are encouraged to bring new projects to the Chapter if they see a need. Walkington has only been a member since 2016, but she has already created two projects, using her sewing ability.
When she joined ALRSD, she had an idea to introduce a new project called “Caring Critters.” She developed a stuffed animal with a heart pocket that carried in it a message to traumatized children that told them they weren’t alone. These are sewn for the children at Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital. The kids love to call them the “stuffed” monsters. Each month about 10 children receive the critters, and the feedback is very positive that these critters are a comfort to the children.
ALRSD is vested in the education of children through other programs such as Operation School Bell. ALRSD raises funds through its Thrift Shop in Encinitas, fundraising events, individual and corporate donations, and community and government grants. Funds are returned to the community through philanthropic programs that serve children and adults. Membership is open to everyone. Visit www.alrsd.org
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