A group of sewers from Predator Ridge, along with a colleague in Vernon, have been busy making masks for people concerned about COVID-19. (Photo submitted)

Okanagan women spending quarantine making masks

Group at Predator Ridge, and a colleague in Vernon, keeping busy making surgical masks for others

In her last days in Phoenix before returning to her Predator Ridge home, Alanna Petrusich noticed in her community newspaper a call for surgical masks to help people offset the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knowing she would be quarantined for 14 days upon arriving back in Canada, Petrusich decided to give back to her community.

The quilting instructor along with others at Predator Ridge and one in Vernon has been busy making masks.

“All I can do during the day is bake bread or make masks,” laughed Petrusich, who put out a call to fellow quilters in the Predator community to see if there would be an interest in making masks. She has been teaching quilting at the resort for the past five years.

The group of seven has been spending hours each day creating a mask from a pattern Petrusich found online.

READ MORE: Kelowna medical supply shop sells out of surgical masks amid coronavirus panic

“Our sewer in Vernon has 45 people (seniors and post-surgical friends) waiting for a mask,” said Petrusich. “We have another lady here at Predator who asked for one because she is undergoing chemo treatments.”

The group, which also includes a former Predator resident and two others now living in Victoria, is sending 20 masks to a care facility in Ontario, whose workers are working unprotected.

So far, the group has made more than 150 masks.

“We are communicating through email and phone, so we’re maintaining social distancing,” said Petrusich, adding the group is waiting on a shipment of elastic from a Vancouver wholesaler. Some masks are being made with ties.

These masks also come with nose clips and extra protection.

READ MORE: Summerland quilter ready to produce reusable face masks

They are not N95 resistant but Petrusich said the masks are “a great line of defence.”

“Making the masks is keeping us busy, and we feel good about giving back to the community,” said Petrusich.

The sewers are making the cotton masks from their own stash of materials. Petrusich said there is no formal charge for a mask but a suggested donation of a toonie would help with the cost of materials.

For more information on the masks or to help with their creation, contact Petrusich at joeandalanna@yahoo.com.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Hobbies and Leisure

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Vehicle crashes through carport in West Kelowna

The driver has been taken to hospital with minor injuries

PHOTOS: Okanagan residents capture epic lightning show

A look at some of the best shots of the storm on May 30

Big White Ski Resort to offer rebate for pass holders after early closure

Next year’s pass will include a 20 per cent rebate

‘No tick is a good tick’: Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

The foundation’s president said all ticks that attach to humans and pets can carry various diseases

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

B.C.’s Central Kootenay region declares state of emergency, issues evacuation orders

The evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Arena served Summerland for 26 years

Warm winters meant short ice seasons in early 1950s

Most Read