Council Delivers 57,000 COVID Masks to South Bay Homeless Services Provider
After several months of delays due to backlogs in international shipping, the Bay Area Council China Initiative team this week (Aug. 27) delivered 57,000 N95-equivalent masks to Destination: Homes Silicon Valley. Destination: Home is a public-private partnership serving as the backbone organization for collective impact strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Despite the delays, the delivery was particularly timely as N95-quality masks have become necessary to protect against pollution particulate from wildfires as well as the continuing Covid-19 epidemic.
The masks were originally donated to the California Office of Emergency Services in April during their early Covid-19 response. With international shipping delays intensifying at that time due to halted airline travel, CalOES requested the Bay Area Council’s support in organizing the logistics to get them distributed in the California. We are very proud that these masks will go to protect some of our most vulnerable residents and the people working to end homelessness in Santa Clara County at a time when the need is only intensifying.