Women’s group aims to sew 300 masks for residents

With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, proper protection and safety are important. As a way to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, a group of women is eager to help out by doing their part.

The group is looking for ways to connect to others and give back face masks to the community. The members of the group are creating masks to give to the inner-city residents in Winnipeg.

The Women of Colour Community Leadership Initiative (WCCLI) Manitoba has been hosting online craft sessions every week for its members. The group is teaching members how to create a hand-sewn face mask.

The objective of the group is to create up to 300 face masks. The aim of the activities organized by the group is to teach members a new useful skill as well as helping out others in the community. Creating face masks at home is definitely an advantage that will surely come in handy during these trying times.

A connection

Another objective of the group is to establish a connection with other immigrant women. The group is growing and forming a stronger bond as well as helping each other by learning skills and crafts.

Overcoming challenges

The hand-sewn masks will be donated via the Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association, especially for residents living in the association’s area.

The group is doing this to provide inner-city communities with access to resources to stay safe during trying times.

The community association also sponsors the crafting workshops held every week. With funding, the participants were able to obtain materials delivered straight to their doors.

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By the end of the hour-and-a-half lesson, the women each sewed their mask – but that is just the beginning. The objective is to sew 300 in the coming weeks.

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LEARN MORE

Learn more about face masks and how to stay safe by enrolling in a mask fitting test which is a requirement for many workspaces and schools or the available masks for sale by visiting our face mask sale page.

Our courses maintain social distancing measures with reduced class sizes to maintain the minimum 2 meters apart along with the mandatory use of face masks and regular temperature checks. The venue of the courses undergoes regular, enhanced cleaning and disinfection routines. 

For more information about face masks, check out these sources:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51205344

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