Group sews masks for front line workers

Canada Sews is a volunteer group who want to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by making fabric masks.

Lee-Anne Moore-Thibert is the founder of Canada Sews. Within 11 days of launching Canada Sews, we had a collaborative network across Canada with over 6000 volunteers in five provinces and 23,00 masks requested, and we haven’t stopped growing.

Shanta Sundarason, founder of The Giving Tree Unionville which helps to empower youth, helped spearhead this latest sewing initiative in the York Region area as the team lead.

To date, the York Region group has about 30 volunteers in Markham, some sewing masks, some providing delivery services for the finished products, others helping with loaner machines, and fabric donations.

In the last few weeks, Sundarason and the rest of the York Region volunteer group have delivered several hundred masks to seniors homes, frontline workers, and hospitals.

“We are constantly looking for additional volunteers to help fulfil our current order request of over 6,000 masks just for our area,” Sundarason said. The local group is also in need of donations of cotton fabric and elastic.

“Together, we can make a difference,” added Sundarason.

If you would like to join the team of if you would like to request a donation of masks please connect with them at


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