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Tucson Mask Share gives vulnerable people access to masks

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 12:21:14-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — When the Pima County mask mandate went into effect, Liz Wishin and other community members were most worried about a specific group of people.

"There was concern about people experiencing homelessness and potential for increased police contact with those folks," she said.

Wilshin said she and other organizers quickly came together to form Tucson Mask Share, a group focused on getting masks into the hands of those most vulnerable.

"Distributing those to organizations that provide services to people who cannot shelter in place because they're experiencing homelessness or because they are accessing public services," Wilshin said.

The group gathers mask donations from all across the city and county, then gets those into the hands of organizations that can help them out.

"From there, we're distributing the masks to our partners who are Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, Sun Tran and then Tucson Food share," she said.

To help get the word out about their cause, organizers have used social media platforms, which have helped bring in volunteers and put a plan in place for months to come.

"We are currently working with our local wards to create collection bins for people to drive up and drop off masks there," she said.