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Baby clothes to facemasks

By: Stuart Benson

On the eve of the COVID-19 shut down back in March, Bébé Baleine was preparing to open its doors, but unfortunately owner Jennifer Kun had to put those plans on hold once Premier Francois Legault ordered non-essential retail stores to close on March 24.

Started in October 2018 by the retired commercial banker and Wakefield resident, Kun's plan was to open the shop, located inside the old recycle shop on 39 Chemin de la Vallée in Wakefield, on April 4 and sell handmade baby clothing.

When the order came to shut down, Kun decided to repurpose all of the fabric and elastics in her inventory into something more immediately useful: facemasks.

“My daughter has a blood condition and goes to the Wakefield hospital every six weeks for treatment and she wanted a mask to go to the hospital, so I made a couple of them for her,” said Kun. “So I thought maybe I would take it to Facebook in case someone else had a similar issue, but I never expected the entire public would want a mask.”

Kun said the initial response was nearly overwhelming, receiving 400 orders in the first two days.