97-year-old on mission to stitch masks

97-year-old on mission to stitch masks

Gurdev Kaur Dhaliwal making face masks at her residence in the Moga city. Tribune Photo

Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service
Moga, April 18

A 97-year old woman, Gurdev Kaur Dhaliwal, a resident of Moga city, is using her time to stitch cloth masks at her house for needy people.

Helping hand

  • Gurdev Kaur Dhaliwal, a resident of Moga, makes masks on a 75-year-old hand-held sewing machine

  • Her blurry vision does not thwart her from making masks for needy people

  • She makes at least 200 masks a day which are distributed among vegetable sellers, poor labourers and needy people

She is making the masks on a 75-year-old hand-held sewing machine, which her in-laws had imported for her from Singapore after her wedding.

Even her blurry vision does not thwart her from making masks for needy people.

Her daughter-in-law, Amarjit Kaur Dhaliwal, makes tea for the nonagenarian early in the morning and then helps her on a walker to the bathroom to take bath, change her clothes and then offer prayers. After that, Gurdev Kaur makes face masks throughout the day.

She makes at least 200 masks a day which are distributed among vegetable sellers, poor labourers and needy people.

When the lockdown was imposed by the state government last month, local sellers (chemist shops) started selling maks at exorbitant prices.

After learning about the “black marketing” of masks and lack of awareness among the poor, Gurdev Kaur decided to prepare face masks and distribute them among the needy free of cost.

“Now, many people have started coming to my house to get free masks,” Amarjit Kaur told local mediapersons.

For the past few days, some of her neighbours have started giving her clothes to prepare masks.

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