Salvation Army to help distribute more than 1.3 million face masks to Arizona communities

Press Release
Posted at 8:07 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 20:29:52-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Salvation Army is teaming with Ford Motor Company and local Ford dealers to provide over 1.3 million free medical-grade face masks to communities across Arizona.

Distribution begins with Ford Mask Donation Day on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or while supplies last; limit of 20 masks per person), with nearly 32,000 masks available during a contactless, drive-thru event at The Salvation Army Tucson Hospitality House, located at 1002 N. Main Ave.

An additional 36,500 masks will be available for walk-up distribution from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the following locations:

· The Salvation Army Tucson All Nations Corps Community Center, 1001 N. Richey Blvd.

· The Salvation Army Amphi Corps Community Center, 218 E. Prince Road

· The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 6715 E. Tanque Verde Road

· The Salvation Army Thrift Store, 5757 N. Oracle Road

· The Salvation Army Green Valley Service Center, 555 N. La Canada Drive, Suite 101A, Green Valley

Distributions will also take place on Feb. 23 at select Ford dealers in Tucson and Salvation Army units and Ford dealers in Sierra Vista and Green Valley.

“We are very grateful to Ford for coming to the aid of our neighbors in need with these masks,” said Captain Ellen Oh, The Salvation Army Tucson City Coordination Officer. “The mask distribution effort is so valuable, because it gives our most vulnerable citizens protection against COVID-19.”

“Ford has been a leader in COVID-19 mitigation efforts since April and one of the first manufacturers to pivot toward making personal protective equipment (PPE),” said Brad Jones, Phoenix Regional Manager for Ford Motor Company. “It was a natural fit for us to partner with The Salvation Army on this effort, as it’s an extension of the partnership we already have in place supporting their annual water drive efforts, Thanksgiving turkey drive and Red Kettle campaign.”

For those unable to visit a distribution site on Ford Mask Donation Day, hundreds of thousands of additional masks will be available at Salvation Army units and Family Thrift Stores across the state after Feb. 23. Please contact your nearest Salvation Army unit or Family Thrift Store in Arizona to inquire about mask availability.

Ford Mask Donation Day is part of Ford’s #FinishStrong initiative – a public call to action encouraging Americans to pull together, protect each other and help save lives in the months ahead until COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available.

Since April 2020, Ford has produced tens of millions of pieces of PPE, and Ford Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, have delivered more than 70 million masks to nonprofit organizations, state and local officials, first responders, schools, community groups and Ford dealerships in all 50 states. Ford will hit its goal of producing 120 million medical-grade masks for donation to at-risk communities by mid-2021.