20,000 Masks Donated in Owensboro

UniFirst and The Daviess County Fiscal Court each donated 10,000 masks to the Audubon Area Community Services on Tuesday, Sept. 29th. The masks will be distributed to volunteers who work in soup kitchens, schools and other outreach programs.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 6:23 PM

Buying masks has become more difficult as the pandemic continues to take a financial toll on the community.

But in Owensboro, a donation of 20,000 masks from the Daviess County Fiscal Court and UniFirst to the Audubon Area Community Services is making personal protective equipment easier to access.

“As markets are beginning to reopen and communities are getting ready to reopen during this changeling time, this is one of those items -- masks, disposable masks that is maybe not as readily available in the community right now,” said Bethany Johnson, customer service manager with UniFirst. “So, that need was a perfect fit for us to jump on board with our local community and with Daviess County Fiscal Court to meet that need.”

And the Daviess County Commissioners are grateful they are able to help out with this partnership and make sure those in the community get the masks they need. And it’s all thanks to new grant money.

“Well it makes sense, because there’s a real need. And we have the ability to do it,” said Daviess County Commissioner George Wathen. "And we wanted to make sure that they knew we appreciated what they do for our community — so we decided to match.”

While Brandon Harley, the deputy chief executive officer with the Audubon Area Community Services, said this donation is essential to many of their volunteers, as they rely on limited grant funds to operate.

“Whenever this crisis event occurred, we didn’t have the budget in place already to deal with the large amount of PPE, the masking, the hand sanitization, the gloves, all of those things,” Harley said. “So, we had to scramble quite a bit. And a donation like this from a community partner really allows us to do the great work that Audubon area does in the community.”

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