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Campaign to deliver one million masks to B.C.'s most vulnerable

Citynews 1130 Vancouver
FILE - Packages of face masks. (CITYNEWS/Tony Fera)

A new collaboration among several organizations in B.C. is underway to get masks out to the most vulnerable

United Way is part of the One Million Masks campaign that runs until the beginning of March

United Way of the Lower Mainland CEO says some frontline organizations are struggling to get health supplies

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Dozens of groups are teaming up to provide one million masks to at-risk communities in B.C.

The main goal of the One Million Masks campgain is to help vulnerable people who are still having a hard time getting supplies during the pandemic.

Michael McKnight with United Way, which is taking part in the effort, says several frontline social service organizations across the province are still struggling to get masks.

“Both from an affordability point of view and a supply point of view, getting masks to those organizations and ensuring the clients they serve also have access to masks is critical for keeping these services in place,” he tells NEWS 1130.

The pandemic has left even more people vulnerable, McKnight notes, and delivering masks means people will be able to access public services and transit.

Deloitte and TransLink kicked off the initiative after recognizing the lack of access to necessary supplies.

“The task would have been impossible without all the partners around the table. Each bring a certain level of expertise and network with them,” he explains.

“I think all these organizations understand how lucky we are to live in this region, that we all need to step up and help others in times of need.”

The initiative runs until March 5 and donations can be made online.