Aditi Mohan has donated about 500 ear savers to healthcare workers in the Atlanta area already, and she recently partnered with the nonprofit Raah to expand her efforts. Contributed

Teen gets crafty to help healthcare workers

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it’s heartwarming to see the many organizations and nonprofits that are stepping up to try to help our community, but individuals can make a huge impact, too.

Aditi Mohan, a rising junior at Chattahoochee High School discovered this firsthand.

“Healthcare workers have always inspired me for their dedication to keeping the public safe, and during the pandemic my respect for them increased tenfold for their fortitude and courage. One day, I read that after wearing masks for many hours, healthcare workers’ ears become very irritated,” said Mohan. “I looked into what could be done to help, and I found ear savers, which alleviate ear pain by shifting the loops of the mask onto the buttons of the ear savers.”

Mohan crochets ear savers while she’s watching TV.

“I have donated ear savers to Georgia Clinic, Emory [University] Hospital, Northside Hospital, Eastside Hospital, University of Miami Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Ronald McDonald House,” she said.

Mohan is a member of Student Leadership Johns Creek and a Girl Scout Ambassador. She credits the Girl Scout Law as being part of the inspiration for her project, because it taught her to be considerate and caring and to try to make the world a better place

“Healthcare workers are working long shifts, are unable to spend time with their families, and in some cases are sacrificing their health to help the public during this crisis,” said Mohan. “I think it is crucial to honor and appreciate them, and being able to provide healthcare workers some comfort is a privilege.”

Recently Mohan expanded her project by partnering with a nonprofit called Raah. Some of Raah’s members are now contributing ear savers for donation to healthcare workers.

Who’s helping?

Aditi Mohan, a rising junior at Chattahoochee High School

Services: Creation of about 500 ear savers, which are crocheted pieces that transfer the pressure of wearing a face mask from the ears to the earsavers, thus decreasing irritation.

How to help: Aditi needs button donations. Craft stores are running low, and getting buttons to complete her project has been difficult.

Where to donate: Email Aditi at raahindus@gmail.com for an address to send donations.

How to get help: Email Aditi at raahindus@gmail.com to request ear savers.

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