6th grader decorates, sells face masks to donate money to help children

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Sophia Lingeris is raising awareness and money to help other children and encourage safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Princess Anne Middle School student has already sold about 200 hundred face masks nationwide and raised about $2,000.

“I’m tie-dying face masks and selling them. All money raised will go to Operation Smile, which helps people like my mom,” said Sophia.

“We’ve only promoted the items on social media and by word of mouth. I’m so happy to
have support for this effort especially this month as July is National Craniofacial and Prevention Awareness Month,” she explained.

The 11-year-old describes herself as a caring and kind person who enjoys helping people. Her mom, Jenna, was born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate.

“I’ve had 11 surgeries to correct my cleft. I began talking to Sophia about my condition when she was 5 years old. I’m so proud of her and what she’s doing to support the cleft community,” said Jenna.

Following public interest, 10 On Your Side reached out to find out if Sophia will be making more masks. Stay with WAVY for updates.

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