The Masks4all campaign launched on April 29 in Rossland continues to produce results.
So far, residents have made almost 1,500 non-medical masks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
An additional 300 masks have also been made to supply residents in electoral area B of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), which includes Genelle, Rivervale, Sheep Creek and Paterson.
Some notable donations to the campaign include $2,700 from the RDKB and $500 from Rossland Fine Wines.
To help distribute the masks, seamstresses have been dropping them off outside mayor Kathy Moore’s house. Moore then prepares and packs them with instructions before dropping them off at Alpine Drug Mart and Ferraro Foods for people to pick up.
“B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is recommending the wearing of non-medical face masks in certain situations,” said Moore in a press release. “The demand is increasing and our seamstresses are doing their best to keep up.”
Many of the 100 attendees at the recent Black Lives Matter solidarity event in Rossland were seen wearing the masks.
You can still help make masks by emailing Moore at email@example.com or by phoning her at 250-521-1500. You can also support the campaign by donating to the Rossland Rotary Club.
Moore, Rotary and local physicians all helped to make the campaign a reality.
Wearing a non-medical mask can help to protect others from COVID-19, according to the Canadian government.