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Her late daughter loved to sew, so she taught herself how to make masks and raised nearly $17,000 for the local food pantry

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

For Sharon Hebert, the way to overcome the most difficult challenges is to focus on helping others, and she practices what she preaches.

How would Helen want me to react?" Hebert told CNN.

Ever since, Hebert has been honoring her daughter's memory by using Helen's sewing machine to craft face masks.

Teaching herself how to make masks by watching online videos, Hebert has been selling her masks for $5 to $8 and donating the proceeds to her local food pantry, where she noticed long lines as she drove by early in the pandemic.

"She has been so, so helpful," Galante said of Hebert.

Hebert also held food drives, gifting masks in exchange for food donations to benefit the food pantry and donated food herself, Galante said.

Hebert's mask-making project started as a family activity with her sister Kerrie and other relatives, after Helen died.

"I have very bad days when I don't want to do anything, but to focus on helping others is one of the best things that you can do for yourself regardless of what happens to you in your life," Hebert said.

"She started when she was five years old," Hebert said.

In the last few years, this world has really taken a turn," Hebert said.

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