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‘Somebody sew me!’: Wakefield Seamsters step-up to make community masks

The Wakefield Seamsters have banded together to put their skills to use–sewing masks to distribute to the residents of the Hills, Outaouais and even Ottawa–to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Seamsters' goal is to give a mask, free of charge, to anyone who needs to be out of the house. Kim Misner, the founder of the Wakefield Seamsters, said the group formed when a friend who works for CISSSO approached her to ask if she would be willing to sew some masks as they were anticipating a shortage in seniors' residences, nursing homes and other healthcare settings.

“This was right around the time health organizations were starting to come around to the use of masks by the general public,” said Misner. “Early research is finding that cloth masks provide some layer of protection and are much better than wearing no face-covering and the cloth masks we make are meant to protect others from us, and not the other way around.”

“The Wakefield community always comes together when someone needs help, so I knew I wouldn't have trouble starting a little sewing group. But from day one, it just blew up.”
150+ masks sewn by the Seamsters and ready to be donated. Photo courtesy of Kim Misner
150+ masks sewn by the Seamsters and ready to be donated.

Of course, Misner was expecting Wakefield to step up to the challenge, as it always does, but she is still incredibly