A timeline showing GiveAMask.ca's milestones along with the milestones of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ontario.
Over the past 18 months, we have experienced an action-packed whirlwind of activity filled to the brim with all things GiveAMask.ca. From the late-night brainstorming sessions in March 2020, to the official website launch that led us to creating and selling great masks and t-shirts. While we are certainly proud of the work that’s been done, we are most proud of the difference we were able to make – and the meaningful relationships that have been fostered with the Canadian organizations directly serving those in need of support. As we head into the dog days of summer (yay for dogs!), we thought it was the perfect time to move the spotlight onto our charitable partners. Over the course of the...
Protect yourself and others - and help us all get back to a more normal life!
Masks. Boy do we love talking about masks. For some, they’re a sign of progress, an indication that a community is coming together to protect one another. In other circles, it is a contentious issue filled with questions and concerns. Let’s take a short stroll through history to uncover the origins of modern medical masks.
Excerpt: Love and safety is for everyone and we want to make sure that everyone receives it. Show your support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ with us!
Without a doubt things have become more difficult since the pandemic caused lockdowns across the world, this is a focus on how it has affected one of the most marginalized groups in modern society, the LGBTQ community.
Some parts of the world are now mostly free of COVID-19 - how did they get there?
Our mask-wearing practices can be a deciding factor in how well we are doing in fighting the Coronavirus. By looking at the habits of other countries, it not only shows the effectiveness of wearing masks but it may also give us an insight of how our future will look like.
India is in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. After months of varying restrictions and results, the country is being hit with one of the worst case loads recorded - and that doesn't account for unreported numbers. So, why did this happen? How did it happen?
We are officially in a third-wave of COVID-19 in Ontario. Just a few weeks ago, Premier Doug Ford announced an “emergency brake” effectively closing gyms, indoor dining, hair salons, and other personal care spots. This article discusses the handling on COVID-19 in the country over a year in lockdown.
Throughout 2020 and 2021 so far, there have been many reasons for social uproar in which people all over the world took it on themselves to organize marches and protests because they did not feel heard otherwise. Therein, one of the arguably most prominent occasions has been Covid-19 and its health restrictions.
Masks have become a staple item that we don when entering public indoor spaces. While it can be frustrating and uncomfortable, there are some fun things that we could be hiding under that mask. From a fancy moustache to unfortunate blemishes, wearing a mask has some perks!
Currently we consider masks crucial to controlling a rapidly spreading virus, but let’s take a walk through a few iconic films to highlight some memorable mask-wearing characters. Some of our favourite costumes can be attributed to these movies and may offer some inspiration for mask styles of your own.
One year on, the story of why we started this project and where we’re going.
Even as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another epidemic that is slowly growing at the same time. There is an incredible litter and pollution problem being created by the massive demand for disposable surgical masks. On streets, parks, and beaches across the world, masks are piling up, with an estimated 75% of plastic masks ending up in landfills and the ocean. There are no hard numbers on how many masks are going to the landfill, but we can extrapolate from what we do have, and the amount is staggering. The United Kingdom is estimating that it is sending, on average, 1.6 billion masks to the landfill every month. Expand that out to the whole population of the...
We may have a vaccine, but we're not out of the woods yet. While masks stick around, make sure you're following proper mask etiquette.
GiveAMask.ca is now in partnership with EDSNA (Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta) and to kick things off, we're launching a mask design competition to raise awareness about and support Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
As we approach one year since our first lockdowns, we know that there are people who still need help - buying a mask from GiveAMask.ca is a way to do that. You are also able to support local Canadian designs, seamstresses, and vendors when you puchase from GiveAMask.ca because we are 100% hand-made in Canada (with love <3).
We still need your help to support those in need. If people are concerned about their next meal, they cannot afford the adequate protections we take for granted every day. Every one deserves to feel safe - especially during a pandemic, and your continued support allows us to continue providing masks to food banks.
With Toronto and much of the rest of Canada facing a new set of lockdowns, uncertain and worry about the COVID-19 Pandemic is at an all-time high. What is striking is that despite the fact that we’re essentially going for a second turn on this wild ride, there is still a lot of misinformation, or lack of information, regarding the best practices. Regardless, social distancing, handwashing, and especially wearing masks are all the best ways to limit transmission of COVID. But why are masks such an important part of this process? To understand this, it’s important to understand how this disease is transmitted. COVID is one of many diseases that spreads through “respiratory droplets” – essentially, through the minute particles...
Masks are flying off the shelves with everyone from the likes of Old Navy to budding entrepreneurs working from home selling 2020’s hottest accessory. However, not all masks are created equally, and when it comes to your health, you need to know what to look for when you buy a mask online. Here are some pointers. Where does it come from? It’s tempting to buy that super cute mask with the funny saying or cartoon animal on it, but your first thought shouldn’t be the style – it should be the origin. There are many great masks being made all over the world, but regulations vary about what makes a safe and effective non-medical mask. When you buy a mask...
Our first blog post! My name is Michael, and I'm going to be running the blog. I started this project because I saw the need for high-quality masks: both in the general public and in vulnerable populations. We chose the price point to be accessible to everyone. While we're not a registered nonprofit, this project is being run on a non-profit basis, with all proceeds going directly to mask donations.