Delivering safety and hope.
Christine Rudkin brings masks to those working on the front lines in Long Island.
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Christine Rudkin, a Marketing Manager from Garden City, NY, had been seeing the number of COVID-19 cases in her Long Island community skyrocketing.
“I have a daughter who is a PA (physician’s assistant) who has been reassigned to COVID emergency room care,” said Christine. “I wanted to help people on the front lines like my daughter, but I didn’t know how.”
One day Christine saw a group on Facegroup called Stitched Together Long Island. “All of these women across the country were sewing these masks and I thought that was so cool,” said Christine. “So I reached out and asked what can I do? How can I help? And they said, ‘We really need runners.’ I was all in.”
With the support of her leadership team, Christine began picking up donations and delivering masks to those on the front lines. The feedback she received showed the impact she and her group were making.
“I just dropped off some masks at a halfway house and as I was walking away a guy came out and said ‘Thank you so much. You don’t know how much this means to us!’” recalled Christine. “It just made me feel like this is making a difference to people.”
To date 40,000 masks have been created and delivered.
“It feels amazing,” said Christine. “It’s really nice to go out into your community and be a help.”