In South Florida, the employees at Goodwill take pride in their work and make sure every American Flag is stitched to perfection.
Every day the crew of 900 employees 96% of whom have disabilities create 600 flags for the US Department of Veteran Affairs and commercial use. Making the flags each day helps employees build skills and gain independence.
Goodwills mission is to train employees, people with disabilities, and so its interesting that we make this countrys symbol of independence when people who seek Goodwill and seek their services are, in their own way, seeking their own independence, Lourdes de la Mata-Little, Goodwills VP of Marketing Development told
The Alapattah center makes every star and stripe on hundred-year-old embroidery machines. Every flag is handmade and inspected before being sent out.
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They have to be perfect because were talking about the American Flag. Its important for soldiers, and its a flag that we respect, Goodwill flag maker Iris Perez said to WSVN. No matter where I see the flag, I say, did I make that flag? Did I put my hands on it?
For flag makers, the Fourth of July is especially significant. They are always proud of their craft, but even more so on Independence Day.
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De la Mata-Little says on the Fourth of July, where we celebrate this countrys independence, they are particularly proud. That even though its a small part behind the scenes, they were part of making that story come alive.
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