Washable, Reusable Face Masks to be Distributed on Saturday in Wilmington

The City of Wilmington’s COVID-19 Working Group today announced details of a FREE face mask giveaway to be held at various locations in Wilmington this Saturday, May 23. Approximately 19,500 washable, reusable masks from multiple locally sourced mask makers have been delivered this week for distribution on Saturday.

The City is focusing the mask giveaway effort on low-income neighborhoods where residents are less likely to be able to purchase a reusable mask as well as on the City’s elderly population. In addition, City police officers will carry a limited supply of masks this weekend to distribute to adults and children as they patrol the City. Beginning next week, the Wilmington Housing Authority will also distribute 5,000 masks to its residents to combat the spread of COVID-19.

For Saturday’s Citywide distribution, neighborhood associations and resident volunteers in six of the eight Council Districts have worked with the City to determine a distribution system and the locations where residents can obtain a mask. Here are the details:

1st District

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wilmington PAL, 3707 N. Market Street; East Lake Park at 30th and Madison; North Market Street Library, 3400 N. Market Street; Wilmington Library at 10 East 10th Street; Speakman Park; Haines Park and Crestview Apartments, 2700 North Market Street.

Contact: Subira Ibrahim at 302.762.0314 or iveyatwork@comcast.net

3rd District

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Praying Ground Church at 41 East 22nd Street

Contact: City Council Member Zanthia Oliver at 302.519.5587 

4th District

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Herman Holloway Park and at Mt. Joy Church, B & Townsend Streets,

Contact: Christine Kirklin at 302.494.4167

5th District

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frauline Trotter Park on Madison Street across the street from the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center and at 1224 West 4th Street. 1,000 masks were already distributed in this district on Thursday, May 21 during a food giveaway event sponsored by the Latin American Community Center.

Contact: Cassandra Marshall, President, Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association at 302.593.2576

6th District

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersection of Jackson Street and Elm Street (former site of the Jackson Street Boys and Girls Club)

Contact: JJ Francis at 302.383.6579 or jjfrancis19@gmail.com

 7th District

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Unity Church at 2101 Lancaster Avenue

Contact: Ms. Dutch Hopkins at 302.656.8095 or dutchop@comcast.net or Adele Meehan at 302.319.1623

Distribution to the City’s Elderly Population in High-Rise Buildings

Quaker Hill Place Apartments: 200 N. Washington Street

Windsor Apartments: 500 N. Walnut Street

The Antonian: 1701 W. 10th Street

Luther Towers I: 1201 N. Harrison Street

Luther Towers II: 1420 N. Franklin Street

The Devon: 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue

 In addition to the high-rise program for seniors, Haneef Salaam from the Wilmington HOPE Commission and a team of volunteers will take masks door-to-door for approximately 350 elderly citizens who are not able to leave their homes to obtain a mask.


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