When she’s not sewing masks, Auntie Miky is a doctor still saving lives! Here’s how she reflects on her work as a member of the Squad and what this movement means to her, “My earliest memories of our life after immigrating to the US in the seventies was seeing my mom sewing. Looking back, I now understand it was basically a sweatshop labor, piece work deal but she could work at home so she could raise 3 little kids. Later on she continued her sewing as a seamstress in her own dry cleaning business with my dad.
It has been frustrating and infuriating to see public health become a political power game for our government. So rather than sit and complain, I decided to sit and sew. I basically take the approach of one mask being a drop in the bucket to help a community. When I see the numbers of masks our group has been contributing, I see waves of compassion and relief reaching each community. The online nature of our group also allows me to connect with so many amazing people who share my heart and passion for service
Growing up in an immigrant family my family’s story is so similar to the thousand of families the Aunties are helping. My parents worked blue collar jobs for decades, had their small mom and pop businesses and yet while they were busy just trying to survive, they served their community through church. For me personally, the life of service has been through several roles as physician, wife and mom. I made my first official pledge kids masks for the Navajo Nation using my 2006 Pokemon and Strawberry Shortcake fabric. This was the most memorable pledge not only as it was my first but seeing and touching the fabric helped me think of such happy memories of my kids and how happy I was making pajamas or pillowcases for them with these fabrics.”