Red Deer’s Central Music Festival Society has donated masks to non-profits and encourages others to support organizations, such as the Red Deer and District Food Bank. (Contributed photo).

Red Deer’s Central Music Festival Society donates 200 masks to non-profits

Society encourages food bank donations

With no live concerts in the near future, the Central Music Festival Society decided to do something positive while in isolation.

In partnership with Classic Cleaners, the society has donated 100 washable, two-ply cotton masks to The Women’s Outreach Centre, The Mustard Seed and Central Alberta Residency Association.

“We liked the fact that we helped keep some folks employed while giving a little back to the community,” stated president Mike Bradford on the group’s website.

When his neighbour, “Rockin’ Rhonda Kruithof,” mentioned that she was looking at mask patterns, Bradford asked her if she would make more masks for the society to give away.

“She produced 100 two-ply washable cotton masks. We gave them to The Allied Arts Council, Safe Harbour and about a dozen individuals in need.”

Bradford discovered masks are needed by many of the non-profit organizations that are operating during the pandemic.

“If you or any of the folks you know want to help by making or buying masks to donate, the opportunity is there. We could have easily found homes for hundreds of more masks,” he said.

The society is continuing to support The Red Deer and District Food Bank with a regular monthly donation, and Bradford hopes society members will match them.

Although music is virtually all live-streamed now, he said, “We hope that we can all get together again in the fall.”

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