Vernon's Fabricland donates supplies for medical gowns, masks

1,000M of fabric donated

Fabricland in Vernon is doing what it can to help front line workers during the COVID crisis.

In the past week, the store has donated more than 1,000 metres of cotton fabric and 3,000 metres of elastics to be made into masks and gowns.

Jacqui Both, who owns the Fabricland in Vernon and Penticton, said she is happy to help, but she is running out of elastics.

The store has plenty of cotton cloth, but no elastic. She has some on order, but does not know when, or if, that order will be filled.

Both closed the two stores last week, but has still been at the Vernon store selling fabric to one person at a time.

She is selling the fabric “below my cost just to keep the fabric flowing and the lights on. I have been here doing all of this by myself and handing it out the door.”

Both admits it is a balancing act between helping out and “not losing my shirt.”

“I have a ton of emails sitting in my inbox looking for elastic and I am completely sold out. This morning I dug deep and found a few more packages,” she said.

Both said she will head to the Penticton store in the near future to do the same thing.

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