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GM donating 750K child-size face masks to Michigan elementary kids, 1.25M for adults

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 10:01:14-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — General Motors announced Tuesday it is donating 2 million face masks to Michigan schools, including 750,000 child-size masks for elementary students.

The 750,000 child-size masks will be ready for delivery by Sept. 14 and the 1.25 million adult-size masks for high school students, faculty and staff will be ready by Sept. 28.

It's part of the state's MI Mask Aid partnership, which was announced earlier this summer.

The automaker made more than 6 million face masks at its Warren, Mich. facility that were donated throughout the state.

“This is great news for our students, educators, and support staff who need access to face masks to protect themselves and their families. Until there is a vaccine, it’s crucial that all Michiganders continue to mask up, and we are working around the clock to ensure everyone has access to a mask,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a release. “I am grateful for GM’s partnership and dedication to protecting our students and educators during this time, and I look forward to working with everyone who wants to help us provide masks to our most vulnerable populations.”

“We know many teachers, parents and students are focused on the challenges of returning to school this fall,” said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “At GM, we are proud to play a small part in making the transition easier by providing face masks to the Michigan schools that need them most.”

On March 20, GM announced it would produce face masks, and has two production lines for face masks and a third for N-95 masks at its Warren facility.

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