John L. Scott broker making face masks for hospital staff and others

John L. Scott Bellevue-Main broker Nelya Calev is sewing face masks for those in need. So far, she’s distributed them to local healthcare professionals, friends and family.

After seeing one of her clients making face masks for others, John L. Scott Bellevue-Main broker Nelya Calev was inspired to pull together materials to make face masks of her own. Initially, Nelya planned to use the equipment in her father’s tailoring shop in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle to make masks for his clients and local neighbors. However, after one of the clients  expressed a great need for these masks for nurses and patients in his UW Cancer Care unit, Nelya decided to give the entire first batch to him in early April.

Since then, Nelya has been busy sourcing material and sewing masks, donating them to whoever needs them – from friends and family to those in need at Overlake Hospital. Her sons have even enjoyed getting into the mix, helping sew and deliver masks!

“It’s been really meaningful to feel like I’m making a difference with this project,” said John L. Scott broker Nelya Calev. “We’re not charging for the masks, I am asking people to spread love and help someone in need versus giving me money. The spirit of love and giving is what keeps us going.”

A close-up shot showing the masks John L. Scott broker Nelya Calev has been sewing using sewing machines in her father’s tailoring shop in Queen Anne.