Western Ballet dancer makes mask kits for seniors

Natalie Young
Courtesy of Natalie Young
Local ballet dancer Natalie Young displays the mask kits she made for residents of a senior community.

By Kaley Kwan
Town Crier Editorial Intern

Western Ballet dancer Natalie Young, a rising senior at Los Altos High School, recently partnered with the Mountain View-based ballet school to produce mask-making kits for residents of the Brookdale senior living community in Redwood City.

Young – whose grandparents live at Brookdale – said the idea originated from her concern about seniors, who are at especially high risk if they contract COVID-19.

“This really is a lot about bringing my community together, especially my ballet community. No one expected this pandemic, and it has hit a lot of people hard,” said Young, who joined Western Ballet at age 6. “I just wanted to keep my community in touch. (By) making masks, you can bond with your family and work together.”

Assisted by her family, Young added that her goal is to provide 260 mask kits to Brookdale residents. Each kit consists of precut fabric with lines drawn for sewing. The kits also come with filter material and, if necessary, sewing needles and thread.

When she and her family began to run out of fabric, Young said she turned to Western Ballet, which had extra fabric to donate.Young reached out to the families of the Western Ballet community to help her make the mask kits. Volunteers sign up using a Google form.

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