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Sewing to Save Lives

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Apr 3 3 minutes read


Our very own Sue Jennings and her daughter Ashley are doing something so incredible we had to share - they are making masks for the healthcare workers in our community and across the country. Sue has an undergrad degree from the University of Delaware in Textiles and Design, she once had a school project where she had to take an old piece of apparel and re-design and re-make it into a new and modern garment, so as she would say “up-cycling is not new to me!” Sue and Ashley both have their hearts deeply invested in this, they have 6 family members that are physicians putting their lives on the line everyday. Sue has always loved to sew and she believes it is a lost art as many people no longer know how to sew. 

The Jennings have been using every kind of useable material they can find around their house, from some 100% cotton pottery barn kids bedding, to beautiful Ralph Lauren bedskirts which actually help produce quite a lot of masks. They say “Why take them to Goodwill, when they can help so many people instead!”. These ladies are doing something wonderful for not only Atlanta, but for the country. Sue put it so nicely when she said “It is my best way to try to help at this time... It’s a small contribution, but it’s something I love to do.”

Masks can be dropped off at JoAnne’s Fabric Store, a friend of the Jennings’ is collecting them for distribution at hospitals in Atlanta, Sue’s family members are taking them to their hospitals in the Atlanta area, and Sue’s husband, Brian Jennings, is mailing masks to his hometown in West Virginia where they have two connections to hospitals there that need masks. If you have any 100% cotton fabric (minimum size 9”x12”) that you would like to donate or any elastic or ribbon they could possibly use, please let our team know! A huge thank you to Sue, Ashley, and their family for the amazing work they are doing. We are so proud of their efforts to help our community and the wonderful healthcare workers risking their lives everyday to save ours.

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