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City of Indianapolis receives more than 18K requests for free face masks

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 11:56:22-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis has received more than 18,000 requests for free face masks for needy residents.

Last month, the city announced it would provide free masks for people who can’t afford one or can’t get one for themselves.

Indianapolis residents will start to receive their masks next week.

The mask program is being funded through the federal CARES Act. About $3 million has been appropriated for it.

“Face coverings are a critical tool for helping to keep our community safe, even as we continue to reopen sectors of the local economy,” said Mayor Hogsett. “This program makes it possible for residents to protect themselves and their neighbors and I encourage anyone having a difficult time purchasing a face covering to log on now and request one through our indy.gov website.”

Through a partnership with the American Red Cross – Indiana Region, masks will also be distributed across social service networks in the city.

Those interested in requesting a free face covering can do so at indy.gov/masks.

In order to receive a mask, a Marion County resident must fill out a form online with their name, email address, phone number and address. The recipient must also confirm that the masks will go toward Marion County residents, and they won’t be sold.