Millions of Masks for Children Initiative
The Millions of Masks for Children Initiative, sponsored by SmartAID, is focused on providing face masks to children to protect them from COVID-19. Started in Washington State, the Millions of Masks for Children Initiative is expanding its reach to include additional children across the U.S. in an effort to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than a million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Every day more children are infected by the deadly virus.
Join us in protecting children and slowing the spread of COVID-19!
Our initiative is growing nationwide
December 1, 2020
The Millions of Masks for Children Initiative kicked off in Washington State where more than one million masks were donated to 5,427 child care and youth programs. Child Care Aware of Washington, School’s Out Washington (including Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA), Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, Head Start Program, and the Kent Community Partners and other organizations received masks. In addition, masks were delivered to children in migrant, refugee and tribal communities via the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and the Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees.
Special thanks to FLTR, a leading supplier of a wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE), for donating the one million masks, and DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, for donating logistics and delivery services. SEKO Logistics donated warehousing services.
December 18, 2020
As part of the Millions of Masks for Children Initiative, more than one million children’s face masks were donated to the State of Utah’s Unified Command and are being distributed in disadvantaged communities and other groups including Red Cross offices, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCAs, and tribal communities across Utah.
Thanks to FLTR for donating the masks, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) for coordinating the distribution throughout Utah, and DHL for providing shipping to Utah on a pro-bono basis.
January 2, 2021
The Millions of Masks for Children team partnered with FLTR to donate and deliver nearly 400,000 bottles of travel size hand sanitizer to the American Red Cross for their recent Safety Kit Build Day at their headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the American Red Cross volunteers to help build thousands of safety supply kits stuffed with masks, our donated bottles of hand sanitizer, and other essential items to give to people in communities that are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In addition, we helped coordinate the delivery of FLTR’s additional donation of 64,800 bottles of hand sanitizer to senior and homeless centers in LA.
Thanks again to our partner FLTR for their generous donation of a total of nearly 465,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and the shipping expenses to LA.
January 5, 2021
The Millions of Masks for Children Initiative and C19 Coalition team coordinated the delivery of a large truckload of hand sanitizer bottles to Alaska. Thanks to FLTR’s generous donation of 259,200 travel size bottles of hand sanitizer and their donation of the freight to Alaska, the Anchorage School District can now supply their students and staff hand sanitizer desperately needed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
February 2, 2021
We’re working with C19 Coalition, Project N95 and Alaska PPE Resource Links to facilitate the donation and delivery of another large shipment of one liter bottles of Faber hand sanitizer to Alaska. The Alaska PPE Resource Links is a collaborative effort between the Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Denali Commission, and The Alaska Community Foundation. Lynden International, the Food Bank of Alaska and Matson shipping company are providing warehousing and freight services for the shipment of 11,616 bottles of hand sanitizer from Seattle to Alaska.
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