Pensacola sisters on mission to help give every student a mask for back-to-school
Sister of Hope, an organization started by the Scott sisters, has a new mission — to give every student in the community a mask for back-to-school.
They’ll start handing masks out at Montclair Elementary on Friday, August 14 at 9 a.m.
“We don’t want to leave this world and be known as the Scott sisters the one that case came nationwide,” Jamie Scott said. “I want to be known as the person that helped the community — our children need their education.”
Gladys and Jamie Scott from Sisters of Hope have spent countless hours sewing and asking around the community for donations of reusable masks for back to school.
“We want to help the parents that need to get back out there and work,” Gladys said. “I know it’s COVID-19 and it’s a pandemic, but everybody is trying to get back as normal as possible.”
They want students and teachers to feel protected in the classroom.
The Scott Sisters know firsthand how severe the virus can be. They’ve lost several family members in Mississippi to COVID-19.
“Some people may look at a mask as not being important, but for us, it’s between life or death,” Scott said.
Montclair, Warrington Elementary and Middle School, and Oakcrest will be the first to receive the masks.
“We want to eventually go out in Milton, Santa Rosa,” Scott said. “We don’t want to stop here. We want to go to every part of Escambia schools and help out as much as we can.”
They said protecting our children during the pandemic will help protect the future.
“It’s for our children,” Scott said. “We have to remember that they are our future judges, lawyers doctors, maybe another president. And in this trying time, we need all the help we can to help our children.”
Sisters of Hope needs the community support. They so far have collected over 1,000 masks, but they need more and are also asking for donations of hand sanitizer for students.