77-year-old sewing hundreds of masks for healthcare workers in a closed processing workshop


Jeannie Chan’s transformation business in Toronto has closed for the pandemic, but inside it’s still a busy workshop.

In the past 10 days, the 77-year-old man has sewn for up to 10 hours a day, forced to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Sometimes when I think I’m going to cry, because I hear a lot of doctors, nurses, they will die. They have families, “said Chan in her store on Gerrard Street East in Leslieville.

” It’s very sad. “

Chan’s husband, 81-year-old Pak Soon, is responsible for cutting the elastic bands for the masks.

“We like to work and help people fight COVID-19,” he said.

So far, the pair has made around 300 masks.

The mass production is due to Chan’s longtime client, Linda Ing-Gilbert, who wanted a mask for herself, then saw a call for homemade masks at a local hospital.

Following the advice of public health officials, Chan has not been out for weeks – Ing-Gilbert takes the masks.

She donated them to hospitals, staff in long-term care homes and paramedics.

Some masks are used by healthcare workers in their daily lives, such as when they take public transit, go to the grocery store, or go shopping.

“If they go to work, to the grocery store, they might be asymptomatic and they don’t know it, I just want to be able to do it,” Ing-Gilbert.

“In these difficult times, every little thing makes a big difference. “


Canadian public health officials are now saying that using a non-medical mask may be an additional way to protect others from COVID-19.

Chan said that she works hard every day to create the best mask possible, which would fit the faces of people closer than the one she had sewn the day before.

She wants to make sure everyone who needs a mask has one and does it for free. She just hopes that people use her masks and love them.

“I feel very happy,” said Chan.


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