London Mask Makers is a dedicated group of mask-making volunteers based in London, Ontario.
Our goal is to help the London community deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic and slow the spread by:
Making and donating masks to essential workers
Distributing DIY mask kits to the general public, providing an extra layer of protection in addition to social distancing
Raising awareness about the benefits of wearing homemade masks, and how to safely use them
We were driven to start this initiative after witnessing the struggles of our community members in obtaining additional protection against COVID-19.
From what was originally a small group of Western University students, our team has expanded to include many volunteers who share the same concerns and drive to help our local community.
The fewer people that buy medical masks, the more masks that
go to healthcare workers
We target and prioritize essential workers/volunteers who are frequently exposed to people, such as:
Social workers and volunteers at food banks, shelters, etc.
Employees of retail stores that provide essential services, such as supermarkets
Although the importance of the safety of healthcare workers cannot be overemphasized, we recognize that fabric masks may not be an adequate replacement for the medical-grade masks they require, which are currently in dire shortage. We hope to alleviate this shortage by providing homemade masks to the target groups above, leaving medical grade masks in the hands of our healthcare workers.
For everyone else, we offer free DIY mask kits that contain all the materials and instructions needed to sew their own fabric masks. No sewing experience is needed! If you are brand new to sewing, please see our Patterns and Materials section!
We've now donated masks to:
Canada Post · My Sister's Place · Christian Horizons · Costco · London Food Bank · St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank · Salvation Army Strathroy Food Bank · Meals on Wheels London · LHSC ·
Rivera Horizon Place Retirement Residence · Equity Associates · Youth Opportunities Unlimited · Bosson Pharmacy · Middlesex Hospital Alliance · Face Shield MD · Robarts Research Institute
Below are some links to articles discussing the protective functions of fabric masks against COVID-19:
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Government of Canada (2020). Considerations in the use of homemade masks to protect against COVID-19. Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/activities/announcements/covid19-notice-home-made-masks.html
Smart Air (2020). Can DIY Masks Protect Us from Coronavirus? Retrieved from https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/diy-homemade-mask-protect-virus-coronavirus/?rel=1