“It was to remind [us] to be safe and to be cautious,” Mayor Ford said of the masks.
Alcelia Ford, who used an online pattern for the face masks, said it took about four hours to complete the 10 or so she created, including washing the fabric, cutting out the pattern, sewing it together and ironing the finished product. She had originally bought the fabric to make baby bonnets in a business venture.
The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since word of her endeavor got out, with people seeking masks for ill residents or the staffs of small businesses.
“They say, ‘If you have time, can you make one for my family member?’” she said, adding that she does not intend to make this a business.
Mayor Ford said his wife is keeping the quantity small as she does not have the materials to make a hospital-grade product. Her goal is to have an impact on a smaller scale.
“She will do some more as gifts for people and as a gesture of goodwill,” Mayor Ford said.