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10-year-old Florida girl sewing masks for essential employees

'I feel like I am giving a purpose to our community,' Anabelle Brush says
Posted at 8:08 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 11:42:06-04

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WEAR/ CNNewsource) — While most 10-year-olds might be spend their free time playing and relaxing, Anabelle Brush is not.

During the coronavirus outbreak, she has been sewing masks for essential workers in the area.

"It's sad how people don't really have masks, but they are risking stuff to help other people, they are still doing the jobs that they need but they don't have the right equipment," said Brush.

Anabelle saw her mom was making masks during the outbreak and decided she wanted to learn how to help too.

"I feel really happy about it. I feel like I am giving a purpose to our community to help it get through the coronavirus and help it get back to normal," Brush said.

The 10-year-old learned how to sew quickly. She has now made over 200 masks for essential workers like law enforcement officers, first responders and nursing home employees.

"My favorite part so far has been seeing them when they are done and counting them up and putting them in a bag. It's real fun to see how many we've made," Brush said.

Anabelle said she wants to inspire other kids to also help in their community, because it doesn't matter how old you are we can all chip in.

"Some people think that kids get home from school and they go play, but really we can do a lot more then we think. We can cook, I know how to cook a lot of things and we can sew," Brush said.

Helping the community is also another way for Anabelle to overcome the uncertainty of these times.

"Me and pretty much everybody else are scared about the coronavirus and the best thing that we can do is to prepare for it, which is why I like making the masks because keeping busy and actually doing something is better then just sitting and worrying," Brush said.