Becky Finley with some of the 200 masks she’s made as part of the Surrey-based volunteer group Sew4Us. (Photo: Facebook.com)

Surrey’s new mask-making ‘Sew4Us’ group keeps volunteers in stitches

‘Now we want to go bigger, with more help,’ says recreation director at Kinsmen Lodge

As part of new volunteer group effort in Surrey, Becky Finley has made close to 200 masks in recent weeks – that is, until her 45-year-old machine sewed its last stitch.

“It just died, actually, on my last mask,” said Finley, a former nurse. “I’ll have to get a new one.”

Finley is among the busiest volunteers with Sew4Us, a Facebook group launched by operators of the Kinsmen Lodge long-term care home on 137A St.

So far, more than 500 masks have been made for those who need them, including frontline workers at Kinsmen Lodge, and the need is growing for both masks and gowns.

The 66-strong volunteer group – which involves community members, not elders who live at the Lodge – was formed to fight the COVID-19 virus with donated time, skills and materials.

Christopher Harrison, the facility’s director of recreation, said Sew4Us is based on a similar Kamloops group that has made 6,000 masks.

“We knew about the group in Kamloops and we wondered if Surrey has the same type of community (spirit), and so far I’m pleased with the response we got,” Harrison said. “I’m surprised we got so many masks made in such a short period of time. Now we want to go bigger, with more help.”

He added: “We’re looking for donations of everything – the cloth, the elastics for them and also fabric. I have cloth enough here for another 100 masks currently, so we could use some more.”

• RELATED STORY: ‘Virtual Volunteering’ touted during National Volunteer Week (April 19-25).

A lifelong sewer, Finley has a friend who lives at Kinsmen Lodge.

“Volunteering is in my family,” she said. “In my mind, Canada hasn’t had a crisis like this since World War II, where people are needed to step up and do something. That’s when women stayed home and made scarves and hats, made bandages, so I just I just feel like it’s our duty to step up and try to help right now.”

At her Ocean Park-area home, Finley set up “a bit of an assembly line” and got sewing.

“They gave me a bolt of fabric the first time, and then I bought my own and that kept me sewing,” she said. “We’re trying to help where we can, and it’d be great to get some other people sewing, too.”

The Facebook page includes mask patterns and links for donated sewing materials, requests for completed masks, and more. To get involved in Sew4Us, search for the group name on Facebook.com or email Harrison at charrison@kinsmenlodge.ca.



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

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

Just Posted

‘Not a joke’: Promoter wants to rocket-launch man the length of White Rock pier

Brooke Colby says he’s building an eight-foot rocket in his backyard

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Dry-grad cancelled, Elgin Park students make donation to food bank

Students donate $1,800 to food bank after being forced to cancel graduation event

Prospera Credit Union, Westminster Savings lay off over 100 staff following historic merge

2020 merger was largest credit-union merger in Canadian history

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

MAY 23: There is an outbreak at a Lower Mainland fruit processing plant

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

Help the ‘Cloverdale Reporter’ continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

Boy, 2, left with ‘soft tissue injuries’ after being hit by car in Squamish intersection

Boy was release from hospital, police continue to investigate

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Most Read