Looking for Bright Spots Within a Pandemic: Charlotte Tree Tops Needlecrafters

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LWith COVID-19 dominating the news, it’s easy to get bogged down in the fear and anxiety brought about by this historic time in history. However, there are glimmers of hope—true stories of positivity—out there helping to bring light to the incredible strength our communities have in times of trouble.

One such story is about a group of sewers called Tree Tops Needlecrafters, who have banded together to provide masks for Atrium Health. The original group consisted of six seamstresses who live in Lennar’s Tree Tops community – designed for active adults in Lancaster, SC – and has now grown to include volunteers across three states.

The Tree Tops Needlecrafters club worked with Atrium Health to create a pattern acceptable for use in hospitals and other organizations in the community. Additionally, the masks have pockets for filter inserts, which can add an extra layer of protection. The initial game plan is to use the masks for patients who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, but they could also be used for medical professionals if necessary.

Atrium Health seamstress
Tree Tops Seamstress | Photo courtesy of Atrium Health

This is just one example of how homeowners in Lennar’s Tree Tops community are uniting for a common cause. These neighbors unofficially started with just a few women who met regularly in Tree Tops sewing cabin, just one of the many amenities offered by Lennar. As friendships formed, the Needle Crafters have gone on to make quilts for the homeless, hats and blankets for babies at the Levine Children’s Hospital and 200 placemats to support HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, S.C. The group has also assisted Days For Girls, a nonprofit that provides DFG kits for menstrual health in Kenya.

To learn more about the contributions the Tree Tops Needlecrafters have made to Atrium Health, read the full article in The Charlotte Observer.

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