Shielded behind a fabric face mask, the big smile of a little helper shines through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine-year-old Chloe, who finds respite at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie, is doing her part to support her community in central Indiana by sewing face coverings to reduce spread of the coronavirus.

Sometimes, Chloe is so glued to the sewing machine that Club staff gently remind her to share it with other children. In finding a way to help, Chloe has also discovered a new talent that she loves.

“Chloe has realized that she has something to give and offer to others,” said Jason Newman, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie. “It’s incredible to see her take pride in doing something for another rather than feel like everyone is always doing something for her.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie is open solely for children whose caregivers must report to work as healthcare providers, emergency personnel, food distributors and other essential services. Because Chloe’s parents are incarcerated, her grandmother has few options to ensure she stays safe while schools are closed.

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