Boys & Girls Club orders 200,000 N95 masks and solicits donations to cover costs

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) has ordered 200,000 N95 and KN95 masks for teachers and other Dane County school staff, child care workers as well as students and families who do not can’t afford the masks, which can cost several dollars each.

The BGCDC has already distributed around two million sheet masks during the pandemic – 500,000 to Madison schools alone – most donated by companies like Boomer Naturals and Ford Motors.

BGCDC CEO Michael Johnson said he recognizes the renewed need for more and better masks now, as children return to school amid the rampant spread of the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Johnson said the organization had ordered the 200,000 masks for about a dollar each and will start arriving this week. He also said the BGCDC needed the community to come together to help cover the costs. If donors are unable to contribute around $ 200,000 over the next week, the manufacturer has agreed to allow the return of some masks for a refund. While this provision mitigates the risk to the BGCDC, it would mean fewer masks for teachers and families.

Within hours of the campaign’s start, $ 680 of the $ 210,000 goal had been raised. You can donate to https://www.gofundme.com/f/dane-county-mask-fund.

Johnson said Greg Engle, acting administrator of Wisconsin Emergency Management, will work closely with BGCDC on this project to secure even more N95 masks.

Johnson said the club are beginning the distribution planning process, but anyone in need of masks should email info@bgcdc.org.