Needed: Masks


How You Can Help

Why does YSM need fabric masks?

With the current COVID-19 pandemic there is a worldwide shortage of personal protective

equipment, otherwise known as PPE. In order to keep our community healthy and safe, YSM is asking sewers in the community to make masks to be donated to YSM staff and volunteers

working to serve and support our community members at this time.

Who are the masks for?

As we begin thinking ahead to when we may reopen our doors to our community members, we must consider the increased need for PPE that will be required. We are once again appealing to the public to help us collect hundreds of masks that will be required to keep our staff and the community we serve protected.

What will I need to make a mask?

We are promoting a simple mask with filter pocket.

Please use clean fabric to make the masks. YSM will also wash all masks before distributing them.

Along with standard sewing supplies (sewing machine, measuring tape, etc.), you will also need:

  1. Pre-shrunk tightly woven 100% cotton

  2. Elastic for ear loops (note: If elastic is not available, cloth ties can be used)

Where do I deliver the sewn masks?

We ask that a minimum of 10 masks be sent in at a time to best manage staff time and exposure.

Please put your sewn masks in an envelope with your contact information (name, address, email address and phone number). It would be helpful if you could separate your masks by sizes, for example, women vs men, small vs. large (note, we do not need children’s masks at this time).

Providing your contact information is optional and will be used by YSM to thank you for responding to our appeal, and for future communications.

The masks can be mailed to:

YSM Evergreen Centre for Street-Involved Youth

c/o Marisa Bannavong

365 Spadina Avenue

Toronto Ontario M5T 2G3

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step breakdown of mask sewing instructions.

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