WE Make Masks TO was founded back in March by Judy & Deane Collinson to help protect charity workers serving vulnerable populations. With leadership from Donna-Lee Waymann & Nancy McConnell and help from over 125 volunteers (over 40 of them from KL), the following was achieved in a period of under four months:
- almost 3900 reusable cloth masks made by almost 100 sewers
- deliveries made to 26 charities, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled and others
- 1600 cloth masks were purchased, thanks to generous donors, for two Toronto populations hard hit by Covid: Across Boundaries, who provides mental health and addiction services to racialized communities, and 1,000 refugees being housed in a crowded hotel where there was a Covid outbreak.
With summer over, WE Make Masks TO has wound down operations and wants to share the good news with the KL congregation, who have been incredibly supportive. And they want to say thank you again to all those who did all the varied tasks this project required: sew, cut, deliver, organize, communicate, publicize, and provide moral support. All of this was done with love, to help keep people safe, and KL helped make that happen.