Recently the scientific and medical community recommended that everyone should wear a face mask when leaving their residence due to the COVID-19 problem.
Good idea, but just try and find such an item.
All retail stores who have a supply of masks carry the professional type which are properly reserved for hospital staff etc. An employee at Shoppers Drug Mart who was wearing a “basic” mask told me her mother got it for her from “a volunteer” who sewed masks at home. After exhausting my search at retail stores, I then searched the internet without success.
I finally telephoned Penny Coles at the NOTL Local newspaper to see if maybe she was aware of any local volunteer groups who may be making masks. Within a few hours Penny called me with a local address and I was surprised to find the Good Samaritan lived only a few short blocks from me.
This lady is part of a volunteer group who sews these masks and all donated proceeds go to a local homeless shelter. While the masks are very well made and include a filter, they are meant for the regular population and not for professional use such as hospital staff.
This group of volunteers should be congratulated for the time and effort spent in not only helping locals with protection, but also raising funds for the less fortunate.
My personal thanks to the volunteers and Penny and NOTL Local newspaper.