BALTIMORE, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Department of Veterans Affairs recently recognized the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Voluntary Service office with The American Spirit Award for Excellence in the Youth Volunteer category. The Voluntary Service office earned the award for its highly successful recruitment of high school students who answered the call of the VA Maryland Health Care System Handmade Mask for Heroes program during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Allison Moon, then a junior at Winston Churchill High School, the High Schoolers for Front Liners program she created involved students making much needed cloth masks for the VA Maryland Health Care System. In total, the group donated 3,162 masks, of which 1,861 were made of fabric and materials donated by the community through monetary funds or in-kind donations. The High Schoolers for Front Liners became one of the primary sewing groups to complete masks that were distributed to veteran patients and non-clinical staff, allowing the health care system to save personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinical use and stretch resources.