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“We had more than we even realized,” Gill said. “For our community to be healthy, people on the front lines have to be healthy and we can’t do anything as an organization without first responders having what they need. So it was a no-brainer.”
Valerie Crow, a spokeswoman with the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department, said the agency is “grateful” for the donation.
She said they were passed on to local fire departments, EMS and clinical care facilities that were in short supply of these masks.
“It is great to see the community partnerships come together during this public health emergency,” Crow said. “Again, it was very much appreciated and along with N95 masks, any donation of new, packaged PPE (personal protective equipment) would be appreciated and will go to good use with our public safety and health care partners.”
The majority of Habitat volunteers are older than 60, which is a population that can become more seriously ill from the coronavirus. Because the charity works with local school students for many of its projects, the organization has suspended its work due to the pandemic, Gill said.
The CEO also said some Habitat families are also struggling to pay their mortgages because they have lost their jobs due to economic fallout of the pandemic. She said the charity will honor the 60-day reprieve issued March 18 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to suspend evictions and foreclosures.
“This will be a reciprocal (effect) for months,” she said of the pandemic’s impact on the organizations to build homes and for their families to make ends meet.
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