Okanagan College students make hundreds of face masks

Sewing hundreds of masks

Second-year therapist assistant students from Okanagan College have spent the last three weeks making hundreds of face masks for those in need.

The students were unable to do their clinical placements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but found a new way to complete their practicums by sewing masks and meeting with patients on online platforms such as Zoom.

"We have about 400 masks right now and we are planning to donate to long-term care facilities, local clinics and families of patients with compromised immune systems," says Adam Lin.

"We saw the need [for] face masks in the news and sewing skills is one of the important skills of occupational therapy that we learn in school so we decided to start this project together."

Lin, along with his classmates Miranda Seib and Brett Vall, say the transition to online classes wasn't easy but with the help of their instructor Siri Marken, they received the necessary supplies needed for making the masks at home.

The group of students are planning to finish their masks by the end of this week before donating them to the facilities and groups in need.

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