SPRINGBORO, Ohio (FOX19) - Allie Lunt was a typical high school senior a couple of months ago. The Springboro resident was preparing for prom and then high school graduation but life has changed for all of us in recent weeks.
Now she is making dozens of facemasks for those who need them during the COVID 19 pandemic.
“It is kind of sad to think we might not have a prom or a graduation,” Lunt said. "But I think that everything is going to work out the way it is supposed to. It’s going to be okay. "
Lunt is a celebrated fashion designer. She was on national television competing on the second season of “Project Runway: Junior”.
Her plan this spring was to design her prom dress, but when the pandemic hit she shifted her focus and decided to use her talents to make face masks for those who need them.
“I saw the need on the news and all over social media," Lunt said. "I love to sew and I have all of the materials. Now, I have so much free time and I thought, why not try to help fill the need.”
Lunt looked up a mask design online, she did add a few improvements to the design for added protection and better fit.
She’s spent more than 20 hours so far sewing the masks.
“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of Allie," Springboro High School Principal Kyle Martin said. "The time, commitment, and care that Allie is showing our local doctors and nurses, who are saving lives during this very difficult time, is commendable. This is what giving back is all about, and I know Allie’s work is truly making a difference.”
Lunt has donated the masks to a local organization in Springboro and says she will continue to make the masks as long as the need is there.
On Friday, the CDC said new evidence led to a recommendation that people wear cloth face coverings in public where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
The reason for the decision, according to the CDC, is “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.”