Drama Students Produce and Present “Circle of Care” Bags to Local Nurses
Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso
After state and local stay-at-home orders were issued in March due to COVID-19, Del Mar College Drama Costume Shop faculty and students planned a community service project to keep busy. They put their creativity to work and came up with the “Circle of Care” bags project while keeping in mind the needs of the local nursing community, including the need for protective face masks.
Project name “Circle of Care” comes from the Drama team setting up a protocol to fill the bags in a large circle in the Cole Park Amphitheater to practice social distancing. Faculty and staff also wore their own hand-made masks and used hand sanitizer during the process. In gratitude to local nurses for their heroism, the bags were given to representatives of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United.
Meeting using FaceTime to plan the collection of items recommended by local nurses, faculty and students got to work on the project that Shara Haghjoo-Moghadam said, “gave students a purpose during this difficult time.” The DMC Costume Shop supervisor, designer and seamstress joined forces with Thomas Goodwin, a master tailor who donated batik cotton cloth, to sew the bags.
The “Circle of Care” bags were made possible by the generosity and in-kind donations of the DMC Drama program and Costume Shop faculty and staff, including shop tailor Thomas Goodwin and supervisor Haghjoo-Moghadam; the Del Mar College Foundation; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Skidmore; DMC Drama students Amy Tran, Jessica Heath, Marcus Garcia and Caitlin Sanchez-Velasco; DMC alumni Lee Alvarado; DMC College Relations and anonymous donors.
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