Rapid City gets donation of thousands of face masks

Rapid City gets donation of thousands of masks
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For people who want to wear a mask during this coronavirus pandemic, just finding one can be a challenge.
It just got a little easier here as Rapid City gets a donation of more than 14-thousand masks.
The masks come from the United States Conference of Mayors and the L-A based company Bella Canvas.

The company is donating more than a million face masks across the country.
The city is working with the 211 Helpline Center to distribute the black cloth face masks.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says it's good to have them with masks in short supply ... and people wearing them more and more.

Allender says, "So this is something someone good just did to help out. So we're going to return that favor by giving these out to anyone who needs them."

211 Helpline Center Black Hills program coordinator Audrey Nordine says, "What 211 is doing is we're a centralized place for organizations to request masks and that's at helplinecenter.org/masks. That's serving as a purpose for a Rapid City non-profit, a human services agency to fill out our intake form and share how many masks that they need."

Nordine says individuals wanting masks can call 211.

Western Dakota Tech says they are coordinating the Masks for Rapid
City Campaign, providing kits to make masks and collecting the completed masks for distribution. The kits and complete mask pick up is at WDT from 9am to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and you can also request a completed mask at that time.