Providence, RI (April 28,2020) – In keeping with the recommendations of the CDC, residents of Laurelmead Cooperative, a residential community for active seniors, continue to take all necessary precautions to safeguard themselves from COVID-19. However, while residents are hunkering down, some ladies decided to put their talent to good use and began sewing masks to help during this crisis.

With their sewing machines socially distanced 10-feet apart, the ladies began to make homemade masks that provided the most protection possible. What began initially as mask-making for the Laurelmead staff soon grew into a much larger operation. They have now completed masks for all the residents, as well – a community total of over 250 masks. Their mask-making efforts have extended beyond Laurelmead. Donations include several dozen masks that were sent to an animal clinic in New York City that didn’t have any because they gave theirs to a neighborhood hospital.

“I am so proud of the tremendous hard work and generosity of these ladies,” said Lucinda Dohanian, Executive Director of Laurelmead. “They saw a way they could pitch in and help during this time and didn’t hesitate to act.  I am not surprised by their actions, as that compassionate spirit is indicative of the Laurelmead community. Our residents are always looking for ways to support their fellow residents, as well as surrounding communities.”


Laurelmead Cooperative, located at 355 Blackstone Boulevard on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, is a residential community for active seniors. A friendly community of nearly 200 residents and staff, the building is graciously appointed with about 150 apartments in over 40 different styles. Apartments range from one-bedroom units to custom-designed penthouses. Surrounded by greenery on the beautiful East Side of Providence, Laurelmead offers social, intellectual and fitness opportunities to seniors.   For more information, please call 401-273-9550 or visit

Pictured are a few members of the Laurelmead sewing team, which consisted of about 20 residents and staff.