Residents of The Village by the Arboretum donate cloth masks to UGDSB students
September 4, 2020
GUELPH, Ontario – A group of residents at The Village by the Arboretum have generously donated their time to making cloth facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the COVID-19 lockdown first occurred in March, this group worked together to help get healthcare workers the PPE they needed by sewing cloth masks. Throughout the winter and early spring, the group received donations of fabric from neighbours and friends and were able to make 400 masks for the community at The Village by the Arboretum and its healthcare workers.
After the first round of masks were well received, the group reached out to other community organizations and has distributed 1,800 cloth masks since March.
After hearing a news story of the concerns about getting students in vulnerable communities’ cloth facemasks for the start of school, the group knew they needed to continue their work and help provide facemasks to those students whose families could not afford them.
This generous group is still hard at work and were able to make 500 masks for children aged 5 to 12 and have donated these masks to the Upper Grand District School Board to distribute to students in need.
Members of this group who have generously donated their time are Josie Abel, Anne Bridel, Jane Craig, Sylvia Green, Jean Hume, Marilyn Murray, Anne Parsons, Leslie Snell, Pat Squire and Ruth Vibe.
Organizer of the group Anne Parsons said, “We know how challenging the return to school is this year for the children and their families and the teachers who care deeply about their charges. We are grateful to have the time, the means and the skills to help in our small way to make this a less stressful time for the schools in our community.”
The UGDSB would like to thank these mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who have generously donated their time and skill to help our students, your efforts are greatly appreciated.