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GI organizations hand out free face masks

Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 8:01 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Heartland United Way and the Nebraska Extension Office partnered together to hand out free face masks in Grand Island.

Organizers spent two hours Monday evening at El Mexicana Market off Pine Street to hand out nearly 100 new masks. They also had pamphlets in four languages to hand out about the importance of masks and how to properly wash them.

They said anyone was welcome to come grab a free mask, but they were targeting more of the under-served communities in the area.

“The Latino community, the Black community, the Asian community here in Grand Island, they just don’t get communicated with, we saw that a lot in the beginning of COVID,” Eric Garcia-Mendez, Director of Community Connections with Heartland United Way, told Local4 News. “So I just wanted to hit the ground running and talk to the community about any issues they’re encountering due to COVID-19 so hopefully we can respond better in the future.”

Garcia-Mendez said the mask handout has been in the works for a few weeks now, but it worked out perfectly to align with when the mask mandates when into effect.

The goal is to give out 100 masks each day, but the organizations have many more in case the demand is higher than expected.

They will continue to hand out masks every evening through Friday. It will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at a different location each day in Grand Island.

Monday: La Mexicana Market – 385 N Pine St.

Tuesday: Tacos Los Hermanos – 602 W 4th St.

Wednesday: Millan’s Market – 124 W 4th St.

Thursday: Super Acapulco – 317 S Locust St.

Friday: Sanchez Plaza – 218 S Wheeler Ave.

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