Supplies have been exhausted in Augusta mask giveaway

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 7:41 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 7:40 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – In a partnership between Mayor Hardie Davis Jr.‘s office and local organizations, 20,000 face masks were given away in about 11 hours of distribution.

The mask giveaway began Thursday and resumed Friday morning. By 11:20 a.m. Friday, all had been handed out.

Distribution sites included the Salvation Army, Golden Harvest Master’s Table soup kitchen and three fire stations.

The donation of masks from Augusta National Golf Club made the supply available to the most vulnerable local residents, Davis’ office said in a news release.

“This is a unique opportunity to do that in our city while at the same time helping those who may not have the same level of access to getting masks or hand sanitizer,” Davis said, making an appearance on Thursday.

Volunteers and staff members from the Golden Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army and Augusta Emergency Management were distributing the masks.

Golden Harvest Executive Director Amy Breitmann thinks a strong message was sent to the community.

“I think when we can give freely and give them a mask, give them protection, let them know we’re thinking about them, that’s really powerful,” Breitmann said.

Augusta Fire/EMA spokesman Jason DeHart said demand was high Thursday.

In fact, three fire stations had been giving out hand sanitizer from University Hospital but soon ran out of it.

The distribution all boiled down to one thing, Davis said.

“At the end of the day, it’s about saving lives,” Davis said. “I say this wholeheartedly: We have to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.”

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