The Savannah Country Day School

Service Through Knowledge and Character

Ellen (West) Barber '90

"In March, when the mayor first declared a shelter-in-place order, we closed the doors of our business, Coastal Canvas Products, but we didn't walk away. Instead, we immediately switched our thought and manufacturing process from sewing awnings to making masks and gowns for those on the front lines. 
The news was so terrible and the situation so dire, we couldn’t just stand by and not do our part to help our community. We had the labor and the technology to make masks and so we used our connections in the fabric industry to have others donate the fabric and we donated the labor and equipment to make thousands of masks and gowns for the healthcare workers on the front lines.

For us, it was immensely satisfying to know that we were helping in some way. To know that we could make a small difference was everything in those dark days."