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To keep our community healthy and safe, Holland Bloorview is asking community members and their friends, with the capacity to sew, to collectively make 5000 masks for donation to our community. Our goal is to be able to provide non-medical masks to our staff, clients and families who are coming and going to and from the hospital, for use when they are in the community and in situations where it is impractical or impossible to practice physical distancing (e.g. grocery shopping, on transit.) This additional safety measure is now being offered in order to protect our vulnerable population of clients, their families, our front-line workers and their loved ones.

We need child sized and adult sized masks, scrub caps with ear-saver buttons and we are eager to accept cloth face masks with clear panel inserts allowing our staff, kids and families the opportunity to see the wearer's faces. Patterns can be adapted to be child sized.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR MASKS

We are promoting a simple 2-ply, pleated mask design. Along with standard sewing supplies (sewing machine, measuring tape, etc.), you will need: 

  • Fun, child friendly patterns or dark-coloured polyester fabric for the outside of the mask (this could be substituted with 100% cotton if polyester is not available)
  • Light-coloured 100% cotton for the part of the mask that goes against the skin 
  • Elastic

Please use clean fabric to make your masks. We will be laundering all donated masks at the hospital.

FAQ

Who will wear these masks?

Homemade masks will be distributed to our clients, their family caregivers, and also our staff who continue to work onsite, for use when in the community.

These masks do not replace certified medical masks required for use while in the hospital. Homemade masks are only for protective use when outside of the hospital, as an additional measure of safety.

Where and when can I drop off my completed masks?

Please put your sewn masks in a plastic bag with your contact information (name, address, email address and phone number). Providing your contact information is optional and will be used by the Holland Bloorview Foundation to thank you for participating in the Dear Everybody Homemade Mask Drive and to share updates with you.

The masks can be dropped off in a marked box at the main reception desk at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (150 Kilgour Rd. Toronto ON M4G 1R8) between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Should I wash my masks before dropping off at the hospital?

No. We will be taking extra precautions and laundering all donated masks onsite before they are distributed.

It will be the mask-wearer’s responsibility to keep their mask clean after each use. We recommend washing masks daily with hot water and laundry detergent.

If I can’t get there, can I mail mask to Holland Bloorview?

Yes! You can send them to:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital  
150 Kilgour Rd. 
Toronto ON M4G 1R8
Attention: Mask Drive

I don’t have elastics. Can I use fabric ties?

Yes, you can absolutely replace the elastics in the pattern with fabric ties.

What about scrub caps with buttons? Other hospitals are now accepting these as well. 

Yes, we will happily accept those for our font line staff. Our goal is to reach 500.

Visit Canada Sews Patterns for patterns, material information and instructions.
 

Can I receive volunteer hours for sewing masks?

Yes, we will allocate one hour of volunteer work for each mask sewn. Please complete the attached form and email it to volunteers@hollandbloorview.ca to receive a record of the volunteer hours you contributed to the mask drive.  

Contact

If you have any other questions, please contact:

Christine Hill
Mailing address

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto ON M4G 1R8