Face Mask Fundraiser ends, $30,000 donated!

Between April of 2020 and June of 2021,  members of the Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire spent countless hours making and selling face masks to help feed the hungry.  More than $29,000 was raised  for food banks in Cheshire, Waterbury, Wallingford, Hamden, Meriden and Southington.  We also donated masks valued at over $1,200 to local organizations that help people in need, bringing our total contribution to over $30,000. 


In addition to the wonderful members of our community who helped feed the hungry by purchasing face masks, we are very we are grateful to the local businesses who volunteered to sell our face masks:  Cheshire Nursery, Main Street Café, Olive and Henry Fine Foods, Norton Brothers Fruit Farm, Premier Wines, and Tops Marketplace.  We would also like to extend special thanks to Bill Beebe at Cheshire Nursery for donating elastic when it was impossible to find, Paul Majewicz  at Wallingford Sew Vac for ‘rush’ sewing machine repairs and loaners, Heather Potter for donating a huge supply of beautiful fabrics, The First Congregational Church of Cheshire for allowing us to hold in-person sales on their Green, and the Cheshire Herald and Cheshire Citizen for helping to generate sales by keeping the public informed about this effort.

While many club members  eagerly volunteered to help in various ways, a core group was instrumental in the success of this fundraiser:  Ginni Donovan, Helen Richardson, Nancy Sewitch, Deb Poach Tony Poitras and Susan Dillman.

Buy a face mask, help feed the hungry!

Please click here to view our current offerings.

If you would like to place an order, please email sdillman@snet.net  with the pattern number(s) and quantity you would like.  Curbside pickup is available in Cheshire, or if you would prefer we can mail your masks to you for $10.

Masks are also available at four locations in Cheshire -- Cheshire Nursery, Main Street Café, Olive and Henry Fine Foods  and Premier Wine and Spirits -- and at Tops Market in Southington.  We are grateful to these businesses for supporting this initiative, and encourage you to support them.  We are also grateful to the First Congregational Church for allowing us to sell face masks on the Green and to Norton Brothers Fruit Farms for selling masks until they closed for the season.

Thank you for helping to feed the hungry!!

From our customers...

"I love mine!  These are so well made! Plus they have two elastics that go around your head not just your ears! Also has a small metal piece that bends around the nose.  I bought other masks on eBay and Esty but these are so much better!  Buy them, you won't regret it."  -Christina

"At 95 years old, I never had to wear masks until this year with COVID. Your masks are the most comfortable ones for me! Thank you."  -Betty

My son loves the mask."  -Kristy 


 “These masks are by far the nicest quality I have seen. The donations to the food bank make it more than worth it. I have purchased quite a few...” -Siobhain


“My son prefers your masks...” -Cheryl 


'Exceptionally well-made..."  -Pat

'My kids love your masks best! They are the most comfortable!”  -Margaret

"These masks are very well-made, comfortable, and come in wonderful choices of fabric. My niece says they are her favorite masks because they feel so soft against her face. " -Joanna

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All of our high-quality masks are handmade by Suburban Garden Club members. Special features include:

  • 100% cotton fabric, with a pocket where a coffee filter, paper towel, or other material can be inserted to provide additional protection.

  • The same type of metal nose strip used in surgical masks to provide a snug fit and help prevent glasses from fogging

  • Super-soft elastic that goes behind the head rather than around the ears.  In
    addition to eliminating ear irritation, this allows the mask to be worn around the
    neck when not in use and helps prevent it from being dropped or lost (especially
    important for kids!).  If desired, masks can easily be converted to the ear loop
    style; instructions are included with each mask.