Some of the best ideas come out of challenging times. Like many of you, we’ve been doing everything we can to help the community during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation recently donated outdated SunCares T-shirts to be repurposed into face mask ties (non-medical grade) for front-line responders and local communities in southern Alberta.
The T-shirts were donated to Mask Makers YYC, which was formed by a group of Calgary community members eager to give back during COVID-19.
“We wanted to bring together residents who wanted to help others during the pandemic,” says Patricia Floc’h-Anderson, one of the group’s organizers. “All our materials are donated, and we have volunteers all over Calgary and the surrounding area sewing and delivering masks. To date, we’ve made and donated 1,700 masks.”
Working with advisors from the medical community, the group has come up with standard patterns that have nose wire, filter pockets, fabric ties and pleats to make them comfortable and effective. The main body of the mask is made from 100 per cent tightly-woven cotton. The SunCares T-shirts will be used to create ties to hold the mask in place.
When we put our heads together to solve complex challenges, we show that we truly are stronger together. There are so many ways people can support the communities we live and work in. Check in with a neighbour, cook for someone who is elderly or immunocompromised or donate to your local food bank. Everyone’s contributions to community are appreciated! Stay strong – we will all get through this together!