Duluth NAACP seeks mask donations for community distribution

Free homemade cloth masks will be handed out today in Central Hillside and Thursday in West Duluth.

Homemade cloth masks are bagged up in Los Angeles on April 3. (File / Los Angeles Times)

The Duluth branch of the NAACP is seeking donations of cloth face masks to distribute free today (Monday, April 13) and Thursday. The effort aims to improve access to face masks in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19, according to a news release from the organization.

Masks will be handed out today from 6-7:30 p.m. at the One Roof Community Center parking lot in Central Hillside, 12 E. 4th St., and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park in West Duluth, 5315 Grand Ave.

Social distancing measures will be used when picking up face masks. Donations can be made at the distribution sites or to Twin Ports Mask Brigade .

The NAACP is using the opportunity also to educate the public about biases held toward people of color wearing masks, and to actively work to eliminate this biased thinking, the news release said.

For more information on how cloth face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC website .

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