Community-led campaign raises funds to hand out 6,000 free masks

Staff Report
Committee member Eddie Diaz shows what the masks look like that will be given away to Perry residents at no charge starting on Saturday, April 18. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Funds have been raised to hand out 6,000 free masks to Perry residents on April 18-21.

Committee members Mike Thomason – Dallas County EMS, Lynsi Pasutti – Perry Chamber of Commerce, Eddie Diaz – DMACC VanKirk Career Academy and Sven Peterson – City of Perry organized a fundraising effort to help purchase 6,000 masks from TC&B Corporate Wearables.

The free masks will be distributed to Perry residents at the following locations and times:

  • Saturday: Fareway parking lot 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: Hy-Vee parking lot 1-4 p.m.
  • Monday: Perry Elementary and Perry High School 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Monday: Perry Public Library 4-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Perry Area Food Pantry 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Starting Saturday, a limited quantity will also be available at several local businesses, including Ben’s Five and Dime - Perry, Oasis Market, El Rey Market, Bluejay Market, Perry Perk, Mex-To-U Restaurant, Tin Pig Tavern and others upon request and while supplies last.

“COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Masks help catch these droplets to help stop the transmission,” said Mike Thomason, Dallas County EMS Director.

Committee members said while the use of masks helps protect others, social distancing guidelines should still be followed.

“We understand that this is not 100 percent effective to stop transmission but it is helpful when paired with other measures,” said Lynsi Pasutti, Perry Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

The committee members appreciate the support from the City of Perry, Osmundson Manufacturing and DMACC, as well as TC&B Corporate Wearables.

Community members are encouraged to visit the CDC website for more guidance on the use of cloth masks.

Show your support for this campaign by posting pictures of yourself wearing a facemask to #StopTheSpread and tag your photos with #WeArePerry.

For more information on this initiative, contact Sven Peterson (City Administrator) at (515)465-2482.