Ashley Lawrence is a 21-year old college student who is going above and beyond her duty to help people. In this case, she’s working for those who are hard of hearing or deaf, but still need mask protection. While there is an N95 face mask shortage around the world anyways, Ashley was busy worrying that face masks can prevent those with hearing disabilities from communicating effectively – at a time when it might be more important than ever.
A Mask People Rely On
Most American Sign Language (ASL) speakers rely on lip-reading for grammar. With face masks covering people’s mouths, it can make it hard for them to communicate.
Lawrence attends Eastern Kentucky University where she studies education for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has been finishing off the semester at home and she has been utilizing her free time while quarantined to make face masks for those who speak sign language.
With help from her mom, Ashley began to sew the face masks with plastic windows over the mouth so that sign language speakers could still rely on lip-reading when they communicate.
Raising Money and Making a Difference
Lawrence has been shipping the face masks that she has made to dozens of hospitals and deaf individuals free of charge over the last few weeks. She even launched a GoFundMe campaign in order to raise funds for the shipping, handling, and material costs. However, after reaching her goal of $3,300 in only 2 days, she deactivated the page.
Originally, Lawrence has recruited volunteers to make the masks for deaf people within her community in Woodford County, Kentucky. She is now working on launching an official Facebook page and a website for her new DHH Mask Project as the demand for her masks is increasing.
Plans are in the works to post a DIY YouTube video on how to make the mask at home for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Dozens Of Farmers Came Together To Finish A Neighbor’s Harvest After His Heart Attack
If you work hard to pay your bills and put food on your table, there’s a high chance that you rarely want to miss a day’s work. After all, this could be the difference between paying your bill on time or falling into debt, and this could seriously affect your livelihood. This is especially true for farmers, who rely on themselves and themselves only to bring in their crops. However, when one particular farmer fell ill and had a heart attack, he didn’t have to worry about missing his shifts.
The Farmer In Question
Lane Unhjem hails from Divide County, North Dakota and is a well-known worker within his community. After all, his family always helps people out, and they will always be there for their neighbors without asking for anything in return. Because of this, farmers in the local area were incredibly saddened when they learned that Lane had suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of his harvest. Not only were they concerned for his health, but they were also concerned that his turn would have a knock-on effect on his business.
Lending A Hand
The farmers didn’t even need to think twice about what they would do next. A whopping 60 farmers stopped their own work to tend to his crops and finish Lane’s harvest, and they brought all of their tools along with them. Working on his fields were 15 semis, six grain carts, and 11 combine harvesters. They all worked tirelessly to bring in all of the Canola and Durum Wheat, as they didn’t want Lane to have to worry about anything while he was recovering. His family were extremely grateful, as this meant that Lane could truly focus on getting better after his terrible experience.
Although the world can seem pretty miserable sometimes, it’s fair to say that there are some good people on this planet. These farmers deserve a round of applause.