Help Scarborough Health Network keep our community safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by sewing handmade masks!

Across the province, we are facing critical shortages of personal protective equipment (or PPE) to ensure our frontline heroes can safely care for patients. To help preserve PPE for clinical use, and to support our community, we’re looking for help to create and collect hand-made fabric masks that can be worn by visitors, outpatients and members of the community as we all continue to practice physical distancing in hopes of beating this virus.

How do I make a mask?


SHN has identified two preferred options for mask design based on CDC guidelines. See below for detailed instructions and a video on how to create these masks.

Rectangular Pleated Fabric Face Mask
Download PDF Instructions (also available in Tamil and Chinese)

Fitted Sewn Cloth Mask
Download PDF Instructions

Where do I bring my masks?


All donations of handmade masks will be received via Scarborough Health Network’s Centenary hospital (2867 Ellesmere Rd.). Please contact PPEdonations@shn.ca to coordinate your delivery and receive specific instructions.

Are there any other items your collecting?


SHN is also looking for additional supplies of “bouffant caps” for use in operating rooms and food services. Instructions on how to create the caps can be found here. Donations will be received using the same process as the handmade masks (see above).

Other frequently asked questions


Fabric handmade masks will not be used in clinical settings by doctors, nurses or other health care professionals at SHN. These masks will be distributed to outpatients and visitors at our hospitals (as well as staff for use in personal, non-clinical settings) with specific instructions on proper sanitation and care.
Yes. All handmade masks will be properly laundered by hospital staff to ensure proper sanitation and infection control.
Masks should be cleaned before first use and following each use (in a washing machine). Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.