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25,000 Wayne County children will receive free masks through Ballmer Giving donation

Masks will be given to kids in low-income households
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Posted at 4:22 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 16:25:29-04

WAYNE COUNTY (WXYZ) — A philanthropic organization is helping Wayne County children stay safe ahead of the upcoming school year. With a two-part donation from Ballmer Giving, LLC of Bellevue, Wash, around 25,000 Wayne County youth will receive protective face masks.

This is made possible through a $200,000 donation.

“This is a wonderful gift and we are very grateful to receive it,” Commission Chair Alisha Bell said.

Half of the $200,000 will be used to acquire the face masks for kids in grades kindergarten through eighth grade who live in low-income areas of Dearborn, Ecorse, Garden City, Inkster, Hamtramck, Highland Park, River Rouge, Romulus and Westland, a release states.

The remaining $100,000 will then be used to promote the Save-A-Life program for convalescent plasma donation as a treatment for the coronavirus.

The face masks will be distributed to families at designated sites in each community.

For more information, contact the Wayne County Commission at 313-224-8523.

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