Stone Mountain, Ga. (CBS46)-- When the pandemic first hit Georgia, 11-year-old Holli Morgan wanted to help. The daughter of a health care worker, she knew the importance of masks for medical staff.
She began with a goal to make 500 masks for local health care workers. As the need for personal protective equipment dwindled, it seemed Holli's goal had been met. "I’m going to be hones, I was relieved because I thought- good we can stop," laughs Holli's mother, April McMillian.
That's hardly what happened. "She said no mommy, I’m going to make 1200. I’m like 'you wanna do what?'" April says.
"Every time we pass by the church we see somebody sitting asking for food or money," explains Holli. That observation, combined with her church's dedication to helping the homeless, helped Holli form her new goal-- to sew 1200 masks and distribute them to people who are homeless or can't afford a mask.
"At a young age she is aware that she can still make a difference for humanity," says Kerwin Lee, Senior Pastor at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain. "I love her courage and her willingness to do what she does not only for herself but to help others."
Holli has always loved to sew. She started off making scrunchies and doll clothes. Now, she takes classes at her church, where the CBS46 Surprise Squad found her making masks.
"It makes me feel good," she says.
She's already made it halfway to reaching her goal, but there's more work to be done. She has her eye on a better sewing machine, which she says would help her make the masks faster.
With the help of United Community Bank, the CBS46 Surprise Squad presented Holli with a check for $1200-- enough to purchase a new sewing machine, and the equipment to start her own sewing channel on YouTube.