Miramichi Threads sent to Montreal.

Alexandros Halavrezos and his colleagues opening a package of scrub caps sent from Miramichi.

A group of Miramichi seamstresses have been making scrub caps and sending them to nurses in Montreal.

It started when Alexandros Halavrezos, a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal who had been working many long shifts, reached out to his aunt Georgia Halavrezos asking if she could make him a few scrub caps.  “Do you think you could sew together some scrub caps for me? Its a good way to cover my head during the pandemic. If you could make four or five, I would be able to have a good rotation for a week. If any of your friends would like to pitch in, there are many other nurses on the floor who would be interested. Someone’s mother put together a box last week, but it’s already empty,” he wrote.

Georgia contacted her sewing friends, Lima Hallihan, Christel Pond, Carmel Fiander and Karen Hambrook, and of course they agreed to help. They gathered material, chose a pattern, and got to work! Since everyone was staying at home, Georgia coordinated the effort, going from house to house, leaving bags of material on doors when it was needed, and picking up bags of completed scrub caps.

To date they have shipped three packages to her nephew, with a total of 70 scrub caps.

Alexandros said receiving the colourful packages of scrub caps were a major morale boost during a trying time. A few of the ladies also wrote personal notes to the nurses.  “The package was amazing, very well received with so many great patterns. My colleagues were very touched by the notes as well. THANK YOU from all of us putting in work over here!”

St.Mary’s Hospital is an acute-care hospital with 271 adult beds located in the heart of Montreal, in the Côte-des-Neiges Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough. Alexandros works as a Registered Nurse in the Internal Medicine Unit.

The sewing group has also been making face masks for adults and children in the community and for Horizon Health Network to give to out-patients and visitors.  Lima herself has made and given away over 400 face masks since the pandemic began.


  1. Georgia Halavrezos on May 25, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Anything is possible when you have people who are always giving, caring & thoughtful & ready to step up & help….My sincere thanks & appreciation to Lima, Christel, Carmel & Karen for their generosity and time devoted to make Miramichi Threads to Montreal such a rewarding & successful endeavor, answering my nephews request… Thank you to the individuals who donated material & to Stacy Underhill /Giv’er Miramichi for posting our story. Sincerely, Georgia Halavrezos

  2. Al Halavrezos on May 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Hello, this is Al Halavrezos – thank you once again on behalf of my unit. It gives me a shot of maritimer pride every time I see a colleague walk by with a Miramichi scrub cap. Stay healthy, wash your hands and enjoy your social bubbles – we’re still working on that over here in Montréal!

  3. JULIE Mosco on May 21, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    LUV…LUV…LUV our health is our life n without our GREAT health care workers, especially now, you are ALL very SPECIAL!

  4. Sharon Eagan , Perth Andover on May 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Great job, Ladies !

  5. Kenneth Chevrier on May 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Is it any wonder why my home and my heart will always be on the Miramichi? What these women did for our amazing nurses in Montréal is fantastic and such a morale booster. Giv’er is so appropriate. For people on the Miramichi, thinking of the health, happiness and welfare of others are the first things that come to mind I’ve seen it, my family has benefitted from it, and we’re so thankful for it. Thank you so much, ladies, for your thoughtfulness. Those pictures speak a thousand words.

  6. Stacy Kelades-Stevens on May 16, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    That was a great thing to do!! Thanks to Georgia and her fellow Miramichi friends!

  7. Betty Dennis on May 16, 2020 at 11:46 am

    This is wonderful! Thank you ladies for all you have done and continue to do. 💕

  8. Diane Underhill on May 15, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    You make me proud! Thank you, you beautiful caring group of great citizen’s!

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