Issaquah Boy Scouts band together to make medical masks for hospital

Future Eagle Scouts in Issaquah WA are using their socially distanced time to help medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six Boy Scouts from Troop 636, working toward their Eagle Scout badges, are sewing masks and urging the public to fund their efforts via crowd sourcing. Their goal is to produce 10,000 masks for Swedish Hospital in Issaquah and UW Medicine's Valley Medical Center in Kent.

"It will help each and everyone of the doctors get a clean mask for each patient and help them stay safe," Camden Laramore told KOMO News.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 636 have already surpassed their initial goal in fundraising but Laramore adds on the GoFundMe page, "These funds will be going to Swedish Hospital through my project and any money that exceeds our goal will also go to Swedish to help them combat COVID-19."

Two of the Boy Scouts have a vested interest in producing these protective masks: their parents work in medicine.

Ethan Medeiros told KOMO News he's joining the mask building project, "Because my mother works in the intensive care unit at Swedish Hospital, where she takes care of the coronavirus patients."

"My father is a physician," added Kartik Arora. "And along with many others, he puts his life on the line every day."

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