“When this pandemic struck I just wanted to find a way to help,” owner of Country North in Bancroft Aileen Mountney says.
After seeing other people doing the same in Ontario and around the World, Mountney was inspired to do the same. After reaching out to the North Hastings Hospital, she and Lori Padgett got to work and have been working from 9 AM until 5 PM every day making the masks every day since the middle of March. Mountney says they have made over 2,000 masks in the short time they’ve been doing this. Being that she’s born and raised in the area, Mountney says that she wants to make sure these masks stay in the community.
She says they have also provided masks to the Hastings Centennial Manor, Community Care North Hastings, Town of Bancroft staff, the fire department and North Hastings Community Cupboard. “All of those agencies are in need,” Mountney says.
“These masks aren’t meant to protect them from the virus, it’s only meant to assist the masks they already have,” Mountney explains.
Mountney has also started creating kits for people to make masks on their own. The kits include enough material to make 20 masks, which Mountney asks you return to the store once you complete them. If you want a kit, to donate, or help out in another way she says to call her at 613-334-8240 or reach out through Facebook. She says they’re running low on one-eighth inch elastics since they’re mostly sold out in Town.
Mountney says she will keep this going for as long as needed.