When the coronavirus pandemic first began to significantly impact the United States in March, Washington Spirit midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard did not know how to sew. At all.

But when quarantine began in March as stay-at-home orders became prevalent throughout the United States, she decided to try it, and picked it up quickly. Two days later, she began making masks.

Since then, Dougherty Howard has made approximately 10 masks per day, with additional help from her aunt, she told NBC Washington's Dave Johnson.

At first, she sent the homemade masks down to her family in Florida. But soon after, her operation became bigger, as she donated a box of 60 masks to a local children's hospital.

"I'm not a person who likes to sit on their hands and not do anything," she said. "It gave me a focus and a bigger picture, made me feel like I was making a positive impact."

Dougherty Howard uses sewing masks as a way to break up her workouts, but also help others in the process. The midfielder mentioned her late grandmother's passion for sewing, as well as her aunt's love for it, too, as for why she decided to pick it up.

"I'm kind of creative and pick up stuff quickly," she said. "So, it kind of just came naturally."

The National Women's Soccer League is still on pause due to the pandemic, but clubs were allowed to begin individual workouts at team fields on Wednesday.


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