Bringing joy and smiles to people’s faces has always been a passion for Ashburn resident Jessica Judkins.
As a frequent Starbucks customer, she noticed that people could use something cheerful to go with their cup of coffee.
About seven years ago, Judkins came up with an idea to crochet coffee sleeves and hand them out for free at Starbucks.
The coffee sleeves are made with bright colors in unique and fun designs. She especially enjoys creating Yoda from “Star Wars”, Mr. Rogers, or Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Most recently, she designed a Dolly Parton sleeve made with sequins.
To date, she has distributed more than 1,000 crocheted coffee sleeves at area Starbucks. Before moving to Ashburn over the summer, they were dropped off at a favorite Starbucks in Fairfax County. Now she takes them to either the Ashburn Farm or Leesburg locations.
Each sleeve takes about 30 minutes to an hour to make, but Judkins is always crocheting. She brings her work in the car if her husband is driving. She also crochets while watching television or during other activities.
Her children, Judah, 10 and Magnolia, 5, have also been taught the importance of giving back to the community and encouraging others.
Her mission recently received national attention as a feature in People Magazine’s “stories that make you smile.”
Judkins has created a Facebook page, My Charming Colors, where she announces new designs and drop-off dates.
“I hope whoever gets a sleeve will be encouraged to do something kind for someone else. We will continue doing this as long as possible,” she said.