Difference makers being recognized nationally

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — During this pandemic, we’ve seen so many people unite to provide help where it’s needed.

One way they’re doing that is through crafting. Two women are sewing to provide COVID-19 protection in their communities.

Wendy Morell of Marco Island, Florida has been giving her sewing machine a workout since late March. That’s when she heard hospitals in her community desperately needed PPE in mass quantities.

Wendy Morell

She couldn’t do all of the sewing, cutting and ironing herself. So she recruited volunteers which now tops more than 100 women and men.

“It was amazing. To date, we’ve done over 16,000 so we’ve been fully supporting our five local hospitals and we’ve also sent out 6,000 to different hot spots throughout the country,” Morell said.

For her efforts, Michaels Arts and Crafts recognized Morell as what the craft chain calls a #DifferenceMaker – someone crafting for a cause during the coronavirus crisis.

Trista Kutcher is also a #DifferenceMaker.

“I like to be a #DifferenceMaker and bring sunshine to brighten everyone’s day,” Kutcher said.

She started her business Trista’s Sunshine Company last year in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. But rather than seek profit during this pandemic, she donated hundreds of headbands made of colorful, fun fabric to help minimize face rash caused by the masks front liners wear.

“I made these awesome headbands and I wanted to show them and just be comfortable,” Kutcher said.

Trista Kutcher

As someone with Down Syndrome, Kutcher wants us to know that people with all abilities can be a crafter and help bring the positive to this pandemic. Morell couldn’t agree more.

“We are just so honored and happy to help our country in this way and our frontline workers and it’s such a small and simple way,” Morell said.

To nominate a crafter you know as a Michaels Difference Maker, click here.

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